William Cavendish-Bentinck, 7th Duke of Portland

The Duke of Portland
Born (1893-03-16)March 16, 1893
Mayfair, London
Died March 21, 1977(1977-03-21) (aged 84)
Spouse(s) Ivy Gordon-Lennox
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.


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

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