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William Cavendish-Bentinck, 7th Duke of Portland

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 peer and Conservative Party politician.

The Duke of Portland

Born(1893-03-16)16 March 1893
Mayfair, London, England
Died21 March 1977(1977-03-21) (aged 84)
ChildrenLady Anne Cavendish-Bentinck
Lady Victoria Bentinck
Parent(s)William Cavendish-Bentinck, 6th Duke of Portland
Winifred Anna Dallas-Yorke



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. Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee during the 39-45 war. 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 and childrenEdit

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 never married.

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

Portland was a second cousin of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.




  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
  • "The Portland Peerage Romance (1907)"
  • "The Descendants of Willem Bentinck and Charlotte Aldenburg"
  • Michael Rhodes "High Sheriffs for 2003-4", 21 March 2003
  • Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990,[page needed]
  • Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages [self-published source][better source needed]
  • Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs
  • Lundy, Darryl. "FAQ". The Peerage.[unreliable source]

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