Edward Portman, 1st Viscount Portman
Background and education
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.
In 1823 Portman was elected to Parliament for Dorsetshire, a seat he held until 1832, and then represented the newly created constituency of Marylebone from 1832 to 1833. 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.
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.
- Lee, Sidney, ed. (1896). "Portman, Edward Berkeley". Dictionary of National Biography 46. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
- Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990,[page needed]
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Viscount Portman
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
William Morton Pitt
|Member of Parliament for Dorset
With: William Morton Pitt 1823–1826
Henry Bankes 1826–1831
John Calcraft 1831
Lord Ashley 1831–1832
William John Bankes
|New constituency||Member of Parliament for Marylebone
With: Sir William Horne
Sir William Horne
Sir Samuel Whalley
The Earl of Ilchester
|Lord Lieutenant of Somerset
The Earl of Cork
The Duke of Newcastle
|Lord Warden of the Stannaries
The Earl of Ducie
|Peerage of the United Kingdom|
|New creation||Viscount Portman
Henry Berkeley Portman