Document ReferencePw B
TitlePapers of Henry Bentinck, 1st Duke of Portland (1682-1726) in the Portland (Welbeck) Collection
Extent2 boxes, 178 items
AbstractPrincipal document types present include; correspondence, personal papers
Access ConditionsAccessible to all readers.
Admin HistoryPapers of Henry Bentinck, son of William Bentinck, 1st Earl of Portland, who succeeded his father as 2nd Earl in 1709 and was created Duke of Portland by George I in 1716. The 1st Duke suffered heavy financial losses in 1720 after investing in South Sea stock. He subsequently took up the post of Governor of Jamaica, where he died in 1726.
Custodial HistoryThese papers constitute part of the Portland (Welbeck) Collection (Pw) and were received from the 7th Duke of Portland in the first deposit from Welbeck Abbey in 1949. By the Duke's express wish the family archives were divided between The University of Nottingham (political and family correspondence); Nottinghamshire Archives Office (Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Northumberland estate papers); British Library (Harley family papers); Hampshire Record Office (papers relating to the Dukes' Hampshire estate) and the Bodleian Library (Civil War papers of Reverend John Nalson). The entire Portland archive from Welbeck was accepted by the state in lieu of estate duty in 1986.
DescriptionA large proportion of the correspondence and papers relates to the South Sea Stock. General financial affairs are represented, as are family matters. There are papers concerning servants, property and rentals, and also a section written by the duke reflecting his interest in the opera. Correspondents include Anthony Heinsius, Grand Pensionary of Holland; Charles Henri de Lorraine, Prince of Vaudemont; Robert Spencer, 2nd Earl of Sunderland, and James Vernon, Principal Secretary of State, 1698-1702.
MgtGroupFamily and estate collections
ArrangementThe Collection is divided into two series, reflecting its arrangement on acquisition from Welbeck. The first consists of letters to the Duke, and the second series contains miscellaneous papers.
TermFinance, Personal
Great Britain - Social life and customs - 18th century
Administration of estates - Great Britain
FindingAidsCopyright in all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham. In the reading Room, King's Meadow Campus: Typescript Catalogue, 6 pp At the National Register of Archives: Typescript Catalogue, 6 pp Online: Catalogue available through the website of Manuscripts and Special Collections, Manuscripts Online Catalogue. Access to the old typescript catalogue was also made available online during the national Access to Archives (A2A) project in 2000-2004. This catalogue is now available through Discovery, hosted by The National Archives ( The version on our own Manuscripts Online Catalogue will be more up to date.
ReprodnNotePhotocopies and photographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents.
Related MaterialSee the fonds record for the Portland (Welbeck) Collection as a whole (Pw); and also the separate records for each of the other constituent subfonds (Pw 1, Pw 2 Hy, Pw C, Pw D, Pw E, Pw F, Pw G, Pw H, Pw J, Pw K, Pw L, Pw M, Pw N, Pw V)
British Library
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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA1044Bentinck; Henry (1682-1726); 1st Duke of Portland; 2nd Earl of Portland; cr. 1716; styled Viscount Woodstock 1689-17091682-1726
NA1086South Sea Company
NA1044Bentinck; Henry (1682-1726); 1st Duke of Portland; 2nd Earl of Portland; cr. 1716; styled Viscount Woodstock 1689-17091682-1726
NA75927Cavendish-Bentinck; family; of Welbeck, Nottinghamshire; Dukes of Portland
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