William Bentinck, 2nd Duke of Portland

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William Bentinck
William Bentinck, 2nd Duke of Portland KG (1709–1762), by Christian Friedrich Zincke.jpg
William Bentinck, 2nd Duke of Portland (Christian Friedrich Zincke)
Born (1709-03-01)1 March 1709
Died 1 May 1762(1762-05-01) (aged 53)
Resting place Westminster Abbey
Title 2nd Duke of Portland
Other titles Marquess of Titchfield
Viscount Woodstock
Nationality English
Predecessor Henry Bentinck, 1st Duke of Portland
Successor William Henry Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland
Spouse(s) Lady Margaret Harley
Parents Henry Bentinck, 1st Duke of Portland
Elizabeth Noel

William Bentinck, 2nd Duke of Portland KG (1 March 1709 – 1 May 1762), styled Viscount Woodstock from 1709 to 1715 and Marquess of Titchfield from 1715 to 1726, was a British peer.

Portland was the son of Henry Bentinck, 1st Duke of Portland and his wife Elizabeth Noel, daughter of Wriothesley Baptist Noel, 2nd Earl of Gainsborough. He was an original governor of the Foundling Hospital in London, founded in 1739, and was made a Knight of the Garter in 1741. He married Lady Margaret Harley, daughter of Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer. They had six children:

Portland is identified in The Handy-book of Literary Curiosities (1909) as one of the perpetrators of The Great Bottle Hoax of 1749 in which a large crowd was lured to a London theater with the expectation of seeing a man jump into a "quart bottle".

Portland died in May 1762, aged 53, was buried at Westminster Abbey. He was succeeded in the dukedom by his eldest son William, who became Prime Minister of Great Britain. The Duchess of Portland died in 1785.

The department of Manuscripts and Special Collections, The University of Nottingham holds a number of papers relating to the 2nd Duke: the 2nd Duke's papers (Pw D) are part of the Portland (Welbeck) Collection; as are the papers of John Achard (Pw C), personal tutor to the 2nd Duke.

The Portland Estate Papers held at Nottinghamshire Archives also contain items relating to the 2nd Duke's properties.

Peerage of England
Preceded by
Henry Bentinck
Duke of Portland
Succeeded by
William Cavendish-Bentinck


  1. ^ Burkes Peerage (1939 edition), s.v. Stamford.

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