CHATSWORTH WOMEN

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - FASHION INSIDER -

Over the cen­turies, some of his­tory’s most de­ter­mined and stylish fig­ures have called Chatsworth home

BESS OF HARD­WICK 1527 - 1608

El­iz­a­beth Tal­bot was the wife of Sir Wil­liam Cavendish, her sec­ond hus­band, with whom she had eight chil­dren. She com­pleted the build­ing of Chatsworth in or­der to hold prisoner Mary, Queen of Scots.

MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS 1542 - 1587

Af­ter she es­caped prison in her home coun­try and fled to Eng­land where she thought she would find refuge, the Queen of Scot­land was im­pris­oned for a time at Chatsworth by the or­der of her cousin Queen El­iz­a­beth I be­fore her ex­e­cu­tion.

GE­ORGINA, DUCHESS OF DEVON­SHIRE 1757 - 1806

Ge­orgina was Marie An­toinette’s best friend and a fash­ion icon in the 18th cen­tury who has been im­mor­talised by Keira Knight­ley in the film Duchess.

KATH­LEEN ‘KICK’ CAVENDISH 1920 - 1948

Sis­ter to John F. Kennedy, Kick mar­ried the son of the 10th Duke of Devon­shire, Wil­liam ‘Billy’ Cavendish. The locket he gave to her shortly be­fore her death is one of the pieces on dis­play in House Style.

DEB­O­RAH CAVENDISH 1920 - 2014

The 11th Duchess of Devon­shire was the epit­ome of el­e­gance. Lady Burlington re­calls Deb­o­rah com­ing down for din­ner one night, dressed in her long evening coat, adorned with her fa­mous in­sect jew­ellery. She was 90 at the time.

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