The Duchess of Devonshire
Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire (1757 –1806) was the first wife of William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire, and mother of the 6th Duke of…
Granville Leveson-Gower, 1st Earl Granville. Reportedly the Handsomest Man in England and carried on an affair with the very married Countess of Bessborough, sister of the Duchess of Devonshire. She gave birth to two children out of wedlock in secret, who were then raised by him and his eventual wife, the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and the Countess' niece.
Gold and enamel commemorative heart shaped pendant contains a lock of plaited hair and is inscribed with the initials E.D. March 30, 1824. The hair belonged to Elizabeth Foster, the second wife of the 5th Duke of Devonshire, and the pendant commemorates her death in Rome in 1824 where she was attended to by her stepson, the 6th Duke of Devonshire. Ca. 1824.