Document ReferencePw N
TitlePapers of Lady Charlotte Denison (née Bentinck), Viscountess Ossington (1806-1889) in the Portland (Welbeck) Collection
Extent1 box, 32 items
AbstractCorrespondence, personal papers
Access ConditionsAccessible to all readers.
Admin HistoryLady Charlotte Denison (1806-1889) was the daughter of the 4th Duke of Portland. In 1827 she married John Evelyn Denison who became Speaker of the House of Commons and was created Viscount Ossington in 1872. She was close to her brother, the 5th Duke of Portland. Following his death in 1879 she assumed, by Royal Licence in 1882, the surname Scott. Her letters in the Portland Collection complement the Denison Collection, also deposited in the University of Nottingham Library.
Custodial HistoryThis small collection of papers constitutes part of the Portland (Welbeck) Collection (GB 0159 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.
DescriptionThe correspondence is predominantly with Lady Charlotte's family and other members of the aristocracy. The miscellaneous section contains a number of papers relating to the death of Earl Canning and various verses and riddles in English, French and Latin.
MgtGroupFamily and estate collections
ArrangementThe Collection is divided into two series, reflecting its arrangement on acquisition from Welbeck. The first consists of correspondence, primarily to Lady Charlotte, and the second series contains miscellaneous papers.
TermGreat Britain - Social life and customs - 19th century
FindingAidsCopyright in all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham. In the Reading Room, King's Meadow Campus: Typescript Catalogue, 3 pp At the National Register of Archives, The National Archives, Kew: Typescript Catalogue, 3 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 MaterialLetters to her brother William, 5th Duke of Portland: Reference Pw K 1312-1441
Papers of the Denison family: Reference De
Correspondence of her husband Viscount Ossington: Reference Os
Durham University Library
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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA1016Scott; Charlotte (1806-1889); Viscountess Ossington; née Cavendish-Bentinck m 1827 J.E. Denison Viscount Ossington1806-1889
NA1035Scott; William J. Cavendish-Bentinck- (1800-1879); 5th Duke of Portland1800-1879
NA1016Scott; Charlotte (1806-1889); Viscountess Ossington; née Cavendish-Bentinck m 1827 J.E. Denison Viscount Ossington1806-1889
NA1109Canning; Charles J. (1812-1862); Earl Canning; governor general of India 1856-18621812-1862
NA75927Cavendish-Bentinck; family; of Welbeck, Nottinghamshire; Dukes of Portland
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