Lord Edward Bentinck

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Lord Edward Charles Cavendish-Bentinck (3 March 1744 – 8 October 1819), known as Lord Edward Bentinck, was a British politician.

Background and education[edit]

Bentinck was the second son of William Bentinck, 2nd Duke of Portland, by Lady Margaret Cavendish Harley, daughter of Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford. He was the only brother of Prime Minister William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland.[1][2] He was educated at Westminster and Christ Church, Oxford, and went on a Grand Tour between 1764 and 1766.[2]

Political career[edit]

Bentinck sat as Member of Parliament for Lewes between 1766 and 1768,[2][3] for Carlisle between 1768 and 1774,[2][4] for Nottinghamshire between 1774 and 1796[2][5] and for Clitheroe between 1796 and 1802.[2][6] The Clitheroe seat was reportedly to be purchased for £4,000. However, the money could not be found and Thomas Lister was granted a peerage as compensation.[2] Despite his long parliamentary career he never held ministerial office.

Family[edit]

Bentinck married Elizabeth, daughter of the dramatist Richard Cumberland, in 1782. They had two sons (including the Revd William Bentinck, Canon-Archdeacon of Westminster) and two daughters.[1][2] He was said to have been rescued from financial difficulties by his elder brother, but spent the last years of his life in Brussels, apparently due to financial constraints.[2] He died in October 1819, aged 75. Lady Edward Bentinck died in 1837.[1]

References[edit]

Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Thomas Sergison
William Plumer
Member of Parliament for Lewes
1766–1768
With: William Plumer
Succeeded by
Thomas Hampden
Thomas Hay
Preceded by
Raby Vane
Henry Curwen
Member of Parliament for Carlisle
1768–1774
With: George Musgrave
Succeeded by
Anthony Storer
Fletcher Norton
Preceded by
Hon. Thomas Willoughby
Earl of Lincoln
Member of Parliament for Nottinghamshire
1774–1796
With: Earl of Lincoln 1774–1775
Charles Medows 1775–1796
Succeeded by
Lord William Bentinck
Hon. Evelyn Pierrepont
Preceded by
Sir John Aubrey, Bt
Richard Erle-Drax-Grosvenor
Member of Parliament for Clitheroe
1796–1801
With: Hon. Robert Curzon
Succeeded by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Member of Parliament for Clitheroe
1801–1802
With: Hon. Robert Curzon
Succeeded by
Hon. Robert Curzon
Hon. John Cust