- William Cavendish-Bentinck, 6th Duke of Portland
The Duke of Portland
KG, GCVO, PC, TD, DL
The Duke of Portland, circa 1900. Master of the Horse In office
9 August 1886 – 11 August 1892
Monarch Victoria Prime Minister The Marquess of Salisbury Preceded by The Earl of Cork Succeeded by The Viscount Oxenbridge In office
16 July 1895 – 4 December 1905
Prime Minister The Marquess of Salisbury
Preceded by The Earl of Cork Succeeded by The Earl of Sefton Personal details Born 28 December 1857 Died 26 April 1943 Nationality British Political party Conservative Spouse(s) Winifred Dallas-Yorke
William John Arthur Charles James Cavendish-Bentinck, 6th Duke of Portland KG, GCVO, PC, TD, DL (28 December 1857 – 26 April 1943), known as William Cavendish-Bentinck until 1879, was a British landowner, courtier and Conservative politician. He notably served as Master of the Horse between 1886 and 1892 and again between 1895 and 1905.
Background and education
Portland was the son of Lieutenant-General Arthur Cavendish-Bentinck by his first wife Elizabeth Sophia Hawkins-Whitshed, daughter of Sir St Vincent Hawkins-Whitshed, 2nd Baronet and grand-daughter of Admiral Sir James Hawkins-Whitshed, 1st Baronet. His paternal grandparents were Lord Charles Bentinck and his second wife Lady Anne Wellesley, daughter of Richard Wellesley, 1st Marquess Wellesley. Lord Charles was the third son of Prime Minister William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland by his wife Lady Dorothy Cavendish, daughter of William Cavendish, 4th Duke of Devonshire and Lady Charlotte Boyle. Portland's mother died only a few days after his birth. He was educated at Eton. He inherited the Cavendish-Bentinck estates, based around Welbeck Abbey in Nottinghamshire, from his cousin William Cavendish-Scott-Bentinck, 5th Duke of Portland, in 1879. He also succeeded his stepmother as second Baron Bolsover in 1893. His half-sister Lady Ottoline Morrell was a society hostess and patron of the arts associated with the Bloomsbury Group.
Portland initially embarked on a military career and served as a lieutenant in the Coldstream Guards. He sat on the Conservative benches in the House of Lords and held office as Master of the Horse under Lord Salisbury from 1886 to 1892 and from 1895 to 1902 and under Arthur Balfour from 1902 to 1905. In 1886 he was sworn of the Privy Council. He was made a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order in 1896 and a Knight of the Garter in 1900.
He also served as Lord-Lieutenant of Caithness from 1889 to 1919 and as Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire from 1898 to 1939 and was a Deputy Lieutenant of Ayrshire and a trustee of the British Museum. From 1937 to 1943 he was Chancellor of the Order of the Garter. At the coronation of King George VI Portland carried the crown of Queen Elizabeth, whose mother (the Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne) was his cousin. It was at his estate in Langwell that the Sunderland Flying boat carrying the Duke of Kent (the King's youngest brother) crashed while in route to a RAF Base in Iceland.
Thoroughbred horse racing
Portland inherited the estate and stud farm near Clumber Park in North Nottinghamshire. Among the horses he owned was St. Simon, who won the 1884 Ascot Gold Cup. He also bred and owned Ayrshire and Donovan, who won the 1888 and 1889 runnings of the Epsom Derby.
Portland married Winifred Anna Dallas-Yorke, daughter of Thomas Dallas-Yorke, on 11 June 1889. They had three children:
- Lady Victoria Alexandrina Violet Cavendish-Bentinck (1890–1994), married Captain Michael Erskine-Wemyss and had issue.
- William Arthur Henry Cavendish-Bentinck, 7th Duke of Portland (1893–1977), married Ivy Gordon-Lennox
- Lord (Francis) Morven Dallas Cavendish-Bentinck (1900–1950), died unmarried.
Portland died in April 1943, aged 85, and was succeeded by his eldest son, William. The Duchess of Portland died in July 1954, aged 90. The department of Manuscripts and Special Collections, The University of Nottingham holds estate papers of the 6th Duke in the Portland (London) Collection (Pl).
- ^ a b c d e thepeerage.com William John Arthur Charles James Cavendish-Bentinck, 6th Duke of Portland
- ^ a b Biography of the 6th Duke, with links to online catalogues, from Manuscripts and Special Collections, The University of Nottingham
- ^ London Gazette: no. 25615. p. 3854. 10 August 1886.
- ^ London Gazette: no. 26645. p. 4101. 19 July 1895.
- ^ London Gazette: no. 25617. p. 4005. 17 August 1886.
- ^ London Gazette: no. 26743. p. 3123. 26 May 1896.
- ^ London Gazette: no. 27175. p. 1875. 20 March 1900.
Political offices Preceded by
The Earl of Cork
Master of the Horse
1886 – 1892
The Viscount Oxenbridge
Master of the Horse
1895 – 1905
The Earl of Sefton
Honorary titles Preceded by
The Earl of Caithness
Lord Lieutenant of Caithness
Sir Archibald Sinclair
The Duke of St Albans
Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire
Marquess of Titchfield
The Bishop of Oxford
Chancellor of the Order of the Garter
The Earl of Halifax
Peerage of Great Britain Preceded by
Duke of Portland
William Cavendish-Bentinck, 6th Duke of Portland · E. F. L. Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax · Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 5th Marquess of Salisbury · Charles Lyttelton, 10th Viscount Cobham · John Nevill, 5th Marquess of Abergavenny · Peter Carington, 6th Baron CarringtonCategories:
- 1857 births
- 1943 deaths
- Old Etonians
- Bentinck family
- Dukes of Portland
- British racehorse owners and breeders
- Owners of Epsom Derby winners
- Lord-Lieutenants of Caithness
- Lord-Lieutenants of Nottinghamshire
- Knights of the Garter
- Recipients of the Royal Victorian Chain
- Knights Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order
- Bailiffs Grand Cross of the Order of St John
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