William Bentinck, 2nd Duke of Portland
The Duke of Portland
William Bentinck, 2nd Duke of Portland (Christian Friedrich Zincke)
|Born||1 March 1709|
|Died||1 May 1762(aged 53)|
|Resting place||Westminster Abbey|
|Spouse(s)||Lady Margaret Harley|
|Parents||Henry Bentinck, 1st Duke of Portland
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 succeeded his father in the dukedom as a teen in 1726. 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:
- Lady Elizabeth Bentinck (Welbeck Abbey, 27 June 1735 – 25 December 1825, London), who married Thomas Thynne, 1st Marquess of Bath (1734-1796)
- Lady Henrietta Bentinck (8 February 1737 – 4 June 1827), who married George Grey, 5th Earl of Stamford (1737-1819)
- William Henry Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland (b. 14 April 1738; d. 30 October 1809), who married Lady Dorothy Cavendish (1750-1794) daughter of William Cavendish, 4th Duke of Devonshire
- Lady Margaret Bentinck (26 July 1739 – 28 April 1756)
- Lady Frances Bentinck (9 April 1741 – March 1743)
- Lord Edward Charles Cavendish-Bentinck (3 March 1744 – 8 October 1819), married Elizabeth Cumberland (d. 1837)
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 theatre 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.
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- "Biography of William Bentinck, 2nd Duke of Portland (1709-1762)". University of Nottingham. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
- Burkes Peerage (1939 edition), s.v. Stamford.