Document ReferencePw D
TitlePapers of William Bentinck, 2nd Duke of Portland (1709-1762) in the Portland (Welbeck) Collection
Extent1 box, 117 items
AbstractPrincipal document types present include; correspondence, estate papers
Access ConditionsAccessible to all readers
Admin HistoryWilliam Bentinck, 2nd Duke of Portland (1709-1762), succeeded his father while still a minor. He took no active part in political activity, but was content to enjoy a quiet family life, residing mainly at Bulstrode, Buckinghamshire.
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.
DescriptionThe correspondence and papers reflect Bentinck family affairs and estate business. The running of the Titchfield estate features prominently, as does material relating to the running of the Northumberland estates, which includes correspondence to Robert Harley.
MgtGroupPersonal papers
Family and estate collections
MgtSubGroupPrivate papers
ArrangementThe Collection is divided into two series, reflecting its arrangement on acquisition from Welbeck. The first consists of correspondence, primarily to the Duke, and the second series contains miscellaneous papers.
TermAdministration of estates - Great Britain
Great Britain - Social life and customs - 18th century
Family - Great Britain
FindingAidsCopyright in all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham. In the Reading Room, King's Meadow Campus: Typescript Catalogue, 7 pp At the National Register of Archives, The National Archives, Kew: Typescript Catalogue, 7 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 B, Pw C, Pw E, Pw F, Pw G, Pw H, Pw J, Pw K, Pw L, Pw M, Pw N, Pw V)
Correspondence of Margaret Bentinck, Duchess of Portland: Reference Pw E 1-81
Letters to his son, William, 3rd Duke of Portland: Reference Pw F 1142-1200
Estate papers for Bulstrode are held at Buckinghamshire Record Office
British Library
Related RecordPwE

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA1046Bentinck; William (1709-1762); 2nd Duke of Portland1709-1762
NA1046Bentinck; William (1709-1762); 2nd Duke of Portland1709-1762
NA1088Scudamore; Henry Somerset- (1707-1746); 3rd Duke of Beaufort; succ. 1714; assumed name Scudamore 17301707-1746
NA1089Brown; John (-1766); of Kirkharle Northumberland; Duke of Portland's agent-1766
NA75927Cavendish-Bentinck; family; of Welbeck, Nottinghamshire; Dukes of Portland
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