Philip Charles Cavan

1816 - 1870

Immediate descendant of a claimant or beneficiary


  1. Son of James Cavan (q.v) [and Anne Bertelet], and one-time partner in Cavan Brothers (q.v.). Born Guadeloupe 1816 or 1817. Joined 30th (Cambridgeshire) Regiment of Foot 1834. Captain April 1841; Major July 1847. May 1852 purchased command of 30th Regiment, became Lieutenant Colonel; retired by sale of command December 1853.1855 became a significant shareholder in Llynvi Vale Iron Co. (invested £4000). After James Cavan's death in 1859, appears to have inherited much of his wealth. By 1867, having bought some shares from William Mitcalfe, owned 32% of restructured Llynvi Coal & Iron Co. (2nd largest shareholder behind George Moffatt). Llynvi merged December 1871 with neighbouring Brogden' family company, after Cavan's death in 1870.

  2. Lieutenant-colonel HM Service, merchant retired. (1861 census). 8 Park Crescent Portland Place. Married 1855 Mary, daughter of Sackville Hamel Berkeley. Left £120,000.

  3. In the Victoria and Albert Museum is a violin by Antionio Stradivari. Cremona, 1699. In 1886 Mrs Mary Cavan (1830/1-1891) of 8 Park Crescent, London, purchased the violin from Edward Withers, Violin, Violincello, & Bow Maker of 22 and 22a Wardour Street, London. Mrs Cavan was the mother of Beatrice Mulgan, who bequeathed the violin to the museum.


  1. David Lewis, The Maesteg Iron Industry 1828-1885 available at [accessed 22/10/2012].

2. William D. Rubinstein, Who were the rich? 1860- (Volumes 3 and 4, manuscripts in preparation), reference 1870/7.

  1. Full details at: Victoria & Albert Museum Collection: Furniture and Woodwork. Thanks to Allyson Take for help with this.

Further Information

Mary Berkeley
1 son; 1 daughter
Wealth at death

Legacies Summary

Commercial (3)

Firm Investment
Name partner
Cavan Bros.
West India & East India merchant  
Firm Investment
Llynvi Iron Works

Relationships (1)

Natural Son → Father

Addresses (1)

8 Park Crescent, Portland Place, Marylebone, London, Middlesex, London, England