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.