William Cavendish-Bentinck, 7th Duke of Portland

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The Duke of Portland
Born (1893-03-16)March 16, 1893
Mayfair, London
Died March 21, 1977(1977-03-21) (aged 84)
Nottinghamshire
Spouse(s) Ivy Gordon-Lennox
(1887-1982)
Children Lady Anne Cavendish-Bentinck (1916-2008)
Lady Victoria Bentinck (1918-1955)
Parent(s) 6th Duke of Portland (father)
Winifred Anna Dallas-Yorke(mother)
Ivy Gordon-Lennox
by Philip de László, 1915

William Arthur Henry Cavendish-Bentinck, 7th Duke of Portland KG (16 March 1893 – 21 March 1977), styled Marquess of Titchfield until 1943, was a British Conservative Party politician.

Biography[edit]

Portland was the elder son of William Cavendish-Bentinck, 6th Duke of Portland, and his wife Winifred Anna (née Dallas-Yorke). He was elected to the House of Commons as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Newark in 1922, a seat he held until he succeeded his father in the dukedom in 1943, and served as a Junior Lord of the Treasury under Stanley Baldwin from 1927 to 1929 and under Ramsay Macdonald in 1932. He also held the honorary posts of Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire between 1939 and 1962 and was the second Chancellor of the University of Nottingham between 1954 and 1971. In 1948 he was made a Knight of the Garter. He also held the appointment of the honorary air commodore of No. 616 Squadron RAF.[1]

Marriage & Children[edit]

Portland married Ivy Gordon-Lennox, daughter of Colonel Lord Algernon Charles Gordon-Lennox and granddaughter of Charles Gordon-Lennox, 6th Duke of Richmond, on 12 August 1915. They had two daughters:[2]

He died in March 1977, aged 84, and was interred at the traditional burial place of the Dukes of Portland in the churchyard of St Winifred's Church at Holbeck. He was succeeded in the dukedom by his third cousin Ferdinand Cavendish-Bentinck. The subsidiary title Baron Bolsover became extinct on his death.

The family seat of Welbeck Abbey passed to his elder and only surviving daughter Lady Anne, who remained unmarried throughout her life.

Portland's younger daughter Lady Margaret married Don Gaetano Parente, Principe di Castel Viscardo on 12 April 1950. She died in 1955 at the age of 36, leaving one son William Henry Marcello Parente (born 18 February 1951), who served as High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire in 2003-04.[3]

Portland was a 2nd cousin of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.

Ancestry[edit]

Arms[edit]

Arms of William Cavendish-Bentinck, 7th Duke of Portland
Coat of Arms of the Duke of Portland.svg
Notes
The title Duke of Portland was created by George I in 1716 .
Coronet
A Coronet of a Duke
Crest
Out of a ducal coronet proper two arms counter-embowed vested Gules, on the hands gloves Or, each holding an ostrich feather Argent (Bentinck); A snake nowed proper (Cavendish)
Escutcheon
Quarterly: 1st and 4th, Azure a cross moline Argent (Bentinck); 2nd and 3rd, Sable three stags' heads cabossed Argent attired Or, a crescent for difference (Cavendish)
Supporters
Two lions double queued, the dexter Or and the sinister sable
Motto
Craignez Honte (Fear Dishonour)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pitchfork, Graham. The RAF's first jet squadron: 616 (South Yorkshire) History 1938–57, pp. 124–125.
  2. ^ The Peerage, entry for 7th Duke of Portland
  3. ^ The Peerage, entry for Lady Victoria Margaret Cavendish-Bentinck

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Ralph Starkey
Member of Parliament for Newark
1922–1943
Succeeded by
Sidney Shephard
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Duke of Portland
Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire
1939–1962
Succeeded by
Sir Robert Laycock
Academic offices
Preceded by
The Lord Trent
Chancellor of the University of Nottingham
1954–1971
Succeeded by
Sir Francis Hill
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
William Cavendish-Bentinck
Duke of Portland
1943–1977
Succeeded by
Ferdinand Cavendish-Bentinck
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Cavendish-Bentinck
Baron Bolsover
1943–1977
Extinct