William Bentinck, 4th Duke of Portland

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His Grace
The Duke of Portland
KG FRS FSA
Lord Privy Seal
In office
30 April 1827 – July 1827
Monarch George IV
Prime Minister George Canning
Preceded by The Earl of Westmorland
Succeeded by The Earl of Carlisle
Lord President of the Council
In office
17 August 1827 – 21 January 1828
Monarch George IV
Prime Minister The Viscount Goderich
Preceded by The Earl of Harrowby
Succeeded by The Earl Bathurst
Personal details
Born 24 June 1768 (1768-06-24)
Died 27 March 1854 (1854-03-28)
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Henrietta Scott (d. 1844)
Alma mater Christ Church, Oxford

William Henry Cavendish Cavendish-Scott-Bentinck, 4th Duke of Portland KG FRS FSA (24 June 1768 – 27 March 1854), styled Marquess of Titchfield until 1809, was a British politician who served in various positions in the governments of George Canning and Lord Goderich.

Background and education[edit]

Portland was the eldest son of Prime Minister William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland and Lady Dorothy, daughter of William Cavendish, 4th Duke of Devonshire and Charlotte Boyle, Baroness Clifford. He was the elder brother of Lord William Bentinck and Lord Charles Bentinck. He was educated at Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford.[1]

Political career[edit]

Portland was Member of Parliament for Petersfield between 1790 and 1791[1][2] and for Buckinghamshire between 1791 and 1809.[1][3] and served under his father as a Lord of the Treasury between March and September 1807.[1] He remained out of office until April 1827 when he was appointed Lord Privy Seal by his brother-in-law George Canning.[4] He was sworn of the Privy Council the same year.[4] When Lord Goderich became Prime Minister in August 1827, Portland became Lord President of the Council,[5] an office he retained until the government fell in January 1828.[1]

Portland also held the honorary post of Lord Lieutenant of Middlesex between 1794 and 1841.[1]

Family[edit]

Portland married Henrietta, daughter of General John Scott and his wife Margaret (née Dundas), in London on 4 August 1795. At the time of his marriage he obtained Royal Licence to take the name "Scott" in addition to that of Bentinck. They were parents of nine children:

The Duchess of Portland died in April 1844. Portland survived her by ten years and died in March 1854, aged 85. He was succeeded in the dukedom by his second but eldest surviving son, William.[1]

The department of Manuscripts and Special Collections, The University of Nottingham holds a number of papers relating to Portland: His personal and political papers (Pw H) are part of the Portland (Welbeck) Collection while the Portland (London) Collection (Pl) contains papers relating to his estate business. The Portland Estate Papers held at Nottinghamshire Archives also contain items relating to Portland's properties.

Titles[edit]

  • William Bentinck, Marquess of Titchfield (1768–1795)
  • William Scott-Bentinck, Marquess of Titchfield (1795–1801)
  • William Cavendish-Scott-Bentinck, Marquess of Titchfield (1801–1809)
  • William Cavendish-Scott-Bentinck, 4th Duke of Portland (1809–1854)

William Bentinck, 4th Duke of Portland

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Hon. George North
William Jolliffe
Member of Parliament for Petersfield
1790–1791
With: William Jolliffe
Succeeded by
Welbore Ellis
William Jolliffe
Preceded by
The Earl Verney
James Grenville
Member of Parliament for Buckinghamshire
1791–1800
With: James Grenville 1790–1797
Earl Temple 1797–1800
Succeeded by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Member of Parliament for Buckinghamshire
1801–1809
With: Earl Temple
Succeeded by
Earl Temple
William Selby Lowndes
Political offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Westmorland
Lord Privy Seal
1827
Succeeded by
The Earl of Carlisle
Preceded by
Minister without Portfolio
1827
Succeeded by
Preceded by
The Earl of Harrowby
Lord President of the Council
1827–1828
Succeeded by
The Earl Bathurst
Honorary titles
Preceded by
In Commission
Lord Lieutenant of Middlesex
1794–1841
Succeeded by
The Marquess of Salisbury
Preceded by
Henry Dundas
Custos Rotulorum of Middlesex
1794–1841
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
William Cavendish-Bentinck
Duke of Portland
1809–1854
Succeeded by
William Cavendish-Scott-Bentinck