Catalogue description Papers of George Augustus Frederick Cavendish-Bentinck (1821-1891), politician

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Title: Papers of George Augustus Frederick Cavendish-Bentinck (1821-1891), politician

The 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. 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.

Date: 1807-1896

The 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.

Held by: Nottingham University Library, Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Cavendish-Bentinck, George Augustus Frederick, 1821-1891

Bentinck, George Augustus Frederick, Cavendish-, 1821-1891Bentinck, Cavendish-, family, Dukes of Portland

Cavendish-Bentinck family, Dukes of Portland

Physical description: 419 items
Restrictions on use:

Photocopies and photographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only depending on the condition of the documents.

Access conditions:

Accessible to all registered readers.

Custodial history:

These 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 (GB 0159 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

Publication note:

Professor A.S. Turberville, A History of Welbeck Abbey and its Owners (2 vols. 1938-39)


Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections (email: The Department will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but the responsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the reader.

  • Historiography
Unpublished finding aids:

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Hard copies of the catalogue can be found


In the Reading Room, University of Nottingham Library


Typescript Catalogue, 15 pp


At the National Register of Archives, London


Typescript Catalogue, 15 pp

Administrative / biographical background:

George 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.

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