Document ReferencePw M
TitlePapers of George Augustus Frederick Cavendish-Bentinck (1821-1891), politician, in the Portland (Welbeck) Collection
Extent2 boxes, 419 items
AbstractPrincipal document types present include; correspondence, research papers
Access ConditionsAccessible to all readers.
Admin HistoryGeorge Augustus Frederick Cavendish-Bentinck (1821-1891) was the only son of Lord Frederick Bentinck (the fourth son of the 3rd Duke of Portland). He was M.P. for Taunton from 1859 to 1865 and for Whitehaven from 1865 to 1891. He held high office as secretary to the Board of Trade from 1874 to 1875 and judge advocate general from 1875 to 1880.
Custodial HistoryThese papers were presented to the 6th Duke of Portland by G.A.F. Cavendish-Bentinck's son, William George Cavendish-Bentinck in 1904 and constitute part of the Portland (Welbeck) Collection (Pw). They 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 papers are very largely composed of correspondence, notably with his wife, Prudence (née Leslie) and his cousin, the 5th Duke of Portland. Political correspondents include Disraeli. A small section relates to the Peninsular War. Among the miscellaneous papers is a series of some 183 manuscripts, correspondence and papers of Rawdon Brown, historian and editor of the Calendar of Venetian State Papers in the Rolls Series, who died in Italy in 1883, leaving G.A.F. Cavendish-Bentinck as his executor.
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 G.A.F. Cavendish-Bentinck, and the second series contains miscellaneous papers.
TermGreat Britain - Politics and government - 19th century
Great Britain - Social life and customs - 19th century
Peninsular War, 1807-1814
FindingAidsCopyright in all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham. In the Reading Room, King's Meadow Campus: Typescript Catalogue, 15 pp At the National Register of Archives, The National Archives, Kew: Typescript Catalogue, 15 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.

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA1107Bentinck; George A.F. Cavendish- (1821-1891); Mr; M.P.; son of Lord Frederick Bentinck1821-1891
NA650Brown; Rawdon Lubbock (1803-1883); historian; editor of Calendars of Venetian State Papers1803-1883
NA1035Scott; William J. Cavendish-Bentinck- (1800-1879); 5th Duke of Portland1800-1879
NA1108Bentinck; Prudence Penelope Cavendish- (-1896); Mrs; née Leslie; daughter of Charles Powell Leslie; married George A.F. Cavendish-Bentinck in 1851-1896
NA1107Bentinck; George A.F. Cavendish- (1821-1891); Mr; M.P.; son of Lord Frederick Bentinck1821-1891
NA650Brown; Rawdon Lubbock (1803-1883); historian; editor of Calendars of Venetian State Papers1803-1883
NA75927Cavendish-Bentinck; family; of Welbeck, Nottinghamshire; Dukes of Portland
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