Henry Bentinck, 1st Duke of Portland
|The Duke of Portland|
|1st Duke of Portland|
|Preceded by||William Bentinck, 1st Earl of Portland|
|Succeeded by||William Bentinck, 2nd Duke of Portland|
|Born||17 March 1682|
|Died||4 July 1726(aged 44)|
|Spouse(s)||Lady Elizabeth Noel|
|Parents||William Bentinck, 1st Earl of Portland
Henry Bentinck, 1st Duke of Portland (17 March 1682 – 4 July 1726), styled Viscount Woodstock from 1689 until 1709, was a British politician and colonial statesman.
Bentinck was the second, but eldest surviving, son of William Bentinck, 1st Earl of Portland. On 9 June 1704, he married Lady Elizabeth Noel daughter of Wriothesley Baptist Noel, 2nd Earl of Gainsborough and Catherine Greville at Chiswick and their seven children included:
- William Bentinck, Viscount Woodstock, later Marquess of Titchfield, later 2nd Duke of Portland (1709–1762)
- Lord George (1715–1759), soldier.
- Lady Anne (d. 1749), married Col. Daniel Paul.
- Lady Amelia Catharina (d. 1756), married Jacob van Wassenaer, Heer van Hazerswoude-Waddingsveen.
- Lady Isabella (d. 1783), married Henry Monck who was the uncle of Charles Monck, 1st Viscount Monck.
In 1705, Bentinck entered Parliament as MP for Southampton and held the seat until 1708, when he was returned for Hampshire. In 1709, he left the Commons for the Lords after inheriting his father's earldom, was appointed Colonel of the 1st Troop of Horse Guards a year later and elevated in the Peerage as Marquess of Titchfield and Duke of Portland in 1716. In 1719 he was one of main subscribers in the Royal Academy of Music (1719), a corporation that produced baroque opera on stage.
In 1721, Portland accepted the post of Governor of Jamaica, which was a not a very prestigious post, but accepted by him nonetheless after losing a huge amount of money in the South Sea Bubble the previous year. He died in office in 1726 at Spanish Town and his body was returned to England for burial.
- Biography of the 1st Duke, with links to online catalogues, from Manuscripts and Special Collections, The University of Nottingham