Sunday, 17 December, 2006
Dear John (Rees), et al.,
I'm not sure of which line you spoke in your post, but assume
this was directed to the point concerning the Cavendish ancestry of
Jane Lowe, as to her maternal grandfather Henry Cavendish and his
daughter (Jane's mother) Anne.
There are many secondary sources which discuss at more or less
restrained length the extramarital career of Henry. One of the more
recent publications is 'Bess of Hardwick, by Mary S. Lovell . In
the course of its discussion of the life and family of Elizabeth
(Hardwick) (Barlow) (Cavendish) (St. Lo) Talbot, this work provides
several items of note concerning Henry, from his birth on 17 Dec
1550 (midnight) which was recorded by his father, including record
of his godfathers, Henry Grey (Lord Dorset) and John Dudley (later
Earl of Northumberland, exe. 1553), and his godmother the Lady
Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth) . More details follow there,
including reference to his troubled marriage to Grace Talbot, his
mother's displeasure with his infidelities, his acquaintance with
the imprisoned Mary, Queen of Scots and Arabella Stuart (Henry
Cavendish's niece), and his own eventual disinheritance.
The forthcoming Vol. X of the Victoria County History of
Staffordshire [entitled, A History of the County of Staffordshire]
will include a chapter on Tutbury. An extract made from the draft
(online until fairly recently) mentioned among the other holders of
'.. Henry [Cavendish], who was several times M.P. for
Derbyshire. In 1583 Henry also secured the rectory: the Crown
had granted it in 1578 to a pair of speculators, and they sold
it to another pair, who in turn sold it to Henry. He conveyed
the estate to his younger brother William, Baron Cavendish
(later earl of Devonshire), in 1608, although he himself was
still living at Tutbury in 1614. Henry still held the rectory
in 1612, but on his death in 1616 it presumably passed to
William, whose grandson William, earl of Devonshire held it
Tutbury '... consisted of 234 a. in Tutbury and 27 a. of
meadow nearby in Derbyshire,..' 
Other sources concerning Henry Cavendish and his career include
Douglas Richardson, Plantagenent Ancestry [Baltimore: Genealogical
Publishing Company, 2004], pp. 379-380.
I hope this answers your query. If not, please advise.
 Mary S. Lovell, Bess of Hardwick: First Lady of Chatsworth,
1527-1608 (London: Little, Brown, 2005).
 Philip Riden, Cponsultant Editor, Victoria County History of
Staffordshire [publication will be: Nigel Tringham, ed.
A History of the County of Staffordshire. Planned publication
date, June 2007], Volume X: Tutbury and Needwood Forest. URL:
* John P. Ravilious