Viscount Portman

Viscount Portman, in the County of Somerset, is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom.[2] It was created on 28 March 1873 for the former Lord Lieutenant of Somerset and Liberal Member of Parliament Edward Portman, 1st Baron Portman. He had already been created Baron Portman, of Orchard Portman, on 27 January 1837, also in the Peerage of the United Kingdom.[3] His son, the second Viscount, represented Shaftesbury and Dorset in the House of Commons as a Liberal. As of 2014 the titles are held by one of the latter's great-great-grandsons, the tenth Viscount, since 1999.

The arms of the Viscounts Portman quarter Portman of Orchard Portman (1st & 4th): Or, a fleur-de-lis azure with Berkeley of Stoke Gifford (2nd & 3rd): Gules, a chevron ermine between ten crosses pattee argent[1]

The family post-1728 are descended in the male line from a junior line of Berkeley of Stoke Gifford one of whom married the daughter of Joan Portman, the great-granddaughter of Sir William Portman, Lord Chief Justice of England between 1555 and 1557. He acquired land in Marylebone, London, which developed under Henry William Portman into the Portman Estate – a cornerstone of the family's wealth. The judge's grandson was created a baronet in 1612 (see Portman Baronets). In its third generation Sir William Portman, 6th Baronet died in 1690 without progeny, the bulk of estates passed to a husband of the family: Henry Seymour (d.1728), MP, 5th son of Sir Edward Seymour, 3rd Baronet of Berry Pomeroy, Devon (by coverture applying to his wife Anne Portman, second daughter of Sir John Portman, 1st Baronet). Seymour took the surname Portman in lieu of his patronymic, but left no issue. The property then devolved to another cousin, William Berkeley (d.1737) of Pylle, Somerset, who likewise took the surname Portman. His great-grandson was Edward Berkeley Portman (1771–1823), MP for Dorset and father of Edward Portman, 1st Viscount Portman.[4]

The family seat was Bryanston House, near Bryanston, Dorset, since 1928 a large private school.

Viscounts Portman (1873)Edit

The heir apparent is the present holder's son the Hon. Luke Henry Oliver Richard Berkeley Portman (b. 1984).[9]

Line of successionEdit

The title follows the most common primogeniture of British peerages, it passes to the next male heir bypassing daughters/other female family members.

  1. Hon. Luke Oliver Berkeley Portman (b. 1984)
  2. Hon. Matthew Bernardo Berkeley Portman (b. 1990)
  3. Hon. Daniel Edward Berkeley Portman (b. 1995)
  4. Hon. Alexander Michael Berkeley Portman (b. 1967)
  5. Maximilian Edward Berkeley Portman (b. 1996)
  6. Jago Alexander Berkeley Portman (b. 2000)
  7. Hon. Justin Trevor Berkeley Portman (b. 1969)
  8. Lucas Alexander Berkeley Portman (b. 2001)
  9. Viktor Portman (b. 2007)
  10. Hon. Piers Richard Berkeley Portman (b. 1971)
  11. Inigo Portman (b. 2005)
  12. Michael Henry Berkeley Portman (b. 1962)
  13. Guy Ralph Berkeley Portman (b. 1996)
  14. Henry Edmund Berkeley Portman (b. 1997)
  15. Jonathan Guy Berkeley Portman (b. 1965)
  16. Jack Christopher Berkeley Portman (b. 2009)
  17. Lt.-Col. Michael Berkeley Portman (b. 1947)
  18. Edward Berkeley Portman (b. 1983)


  1. ^ His probate was sworn in 1943 at £359,737 (equivalent to about £17,800,000 in 2021).[5]
  2. ^ His probate was sworn in 1947 at £135,023 (equivalent to about £5,600,000 in 2021).[6]
  3. ^ His probate was sworn in 1949 at £4,493,306 (equivalent to about £168,900,000 in 2021) including settled (entrusted) land.[7]
  4. ^ His probate was sworn, stating he is of Burtley House, Beaconsfield, in 1968 at £1,308,186 (equivalent to about £25,300,000 in 2021).[8]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Debrett's Peerage, 1968
  2. ^ "No. 23961". The London Gazette. 25 March 1873. p. 1653.
  3. ^ "No. 19460". The London Gazette. 24 January 1837. p. 170.
  4. ^ Burke's Peerage (1939).
  5. ^ Calendar of Probates and Administrations
  6. ^ Calendar of Probates and Administrations
  7. ^ Calendar of Probates and Administrations
  8. ^ Calendar of Probates and Administrations
  9. ^ The young elite 1–10

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