Edward Portman, 1st Viscount Portman

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Edward Berkeley Portman, 1st Viscount Portman (9 July 1799 – 19 November 1888), was a British Liberal politician.

Background and education[edit]

Portman was the son of Edward Portman, of Bryanston and Orchard in Dorset, and his wife Lucy, daughter of Reverend Thomas Whitby. He was a descendant of Sir William Portman, Lord Chief Justice of England between 1555 and 1557. Portman was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford.

Political career[edit]

In 1823 Portman was elected to Parliament for Dorsetshire,[1] a seat he held until 1832, and then represented the newly created constituency of Marylebone from 1832 to 1833.[2] In 1837 Portman was raised to the peerage as Baron Portman, of Orchard Portman in the County of Somerset, and became an active member of the House of Lords. Lord Portman was also a member of the councils of the Duchy of Cornwall and Duchy of Lancaster and served as Lord Lieutenant of Somerset from 1839 to 1864 and as Lord Warden of the Stannaries from 1865 to 1888. In 1873 he was further honoured when he was created Viscount Portman, of Bryanston in the County of Dorset.

Family[edit]

Lord Portman married Lady Emma Lascelles, third daughter of Henry Lascelles, 2nd Earl of Harewood, in 1827. They had six children, four sons and two daughters. Lord Portman died in November 1888, aged 89, and was succeeded in the barony and viscountcy by his eldest son Henry Berkeley Portman. Another son, Edwin Berkeley Portman, became Member of Parliament for North Devon.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Morton Pitt
Edward Portman
Member of Parliament for Dorset
1823–1832
With: William Morton Pitt 1823–1826
Henry Bankes 1826–1831
John Calcraft 1831
Lord Ashley 1831–1832
Succeeded by
Lord Ashley
William John Bankes
William Ponsonby
New constituency Member of Parliament for Marylebone
1832–1833
With: Sir William Horne
Succeeded by
Sir William Horne
Sir Samuel Whalley
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Ilchester
Lord Lieutenant of Somerset
1839–1864
Succeeded by
The Earl of Cork
Preceded by
The Duke of Newcastle
Lord Warden of the Stannaries
1865–1888
Succeeded by
The Earl of Ducie
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Viscount Portman
1873–1888
Succeeded by
Henry Berkeley Portman
Baron Portman
1837–1888