Playing around on http://www.thepeerage.com/ I found the line of descent below... although I noticed that several times Cavendish cousins married each other, so I suspect that there are different descents that would work too.Elizabeth Hardwick m.(2) Sir William CavendishSir William Cavendish, 1st Earl of DevonshireWilliam Cavendish, 2nd Earl of DevonshireSir William Cavendish, 3rd Earl of DevonshireSir William Cavendish, 1st Duke of DevonshireSir William Cavendish, 2nd Duke of DevonshireSir William Cavendish, 3rd Duke of DevonshireSir William Cavendish, 4th Duke of DevonshireLady Dorothy CavendishWilliam Henry Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of PortlandLt. Col. Lord William Charles Augustus Cavendish-BentinckReverend Charles William Frederick Cavendish-BentinckNina Cecilie Cavendish-BentinckElizabeth Bowes-Lyon (a.k.a. The Queen Mum)Elizabeth II
Marilyn was having trouble posting, so I'm posting this comment for her:It is true that Elizabeth II is a descendant of Bess. Also, Lady Diana Spencer was descended from Lady Elizabeth Cavendish, a sister of William Cavendish, 4th Duke of Devonshire, which means that the princes William and Harry are descended from Bess of Hardwick through both Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Marilyn Author of "The Bare Bones of British Royal Family Trees"www.queens-haven.co.uk
I did see on thepeerage.com that one of the Cavendishes married a child of the 1st Earl Spencer...thanks for all the info! This stuff fascinates me :)
I am so excited about our family line. I didn't know these details. my aunt just found out that Bess of Hardwick was our (and for many more I am sure) 10th and 11th great grandmother.
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