Biography of Lord [William] George Frederic Cavendish-Scott-Bentinck (1802-1848)
- [Hans] William Bentinck, 1st Earl of Portland (1649-1709)
- [William] Henry Bentinck, 1st Duke of Portland (1682-1726)
- William Bentinck, 2nd Duke of Portland (1709-1762)
- Margaret Cavendish-Bentinck, Duchess of Portland (1715-1785)
- John Albert Bentinck (1737-1775; naval captain and M.P.)
- William Henry Cavendish Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland (1738-1809)
- William Henry Cavendish-Scott-Bentinck, 4th Duke of Portland (1768-1854)
- Lord William Henry Cavendish-Bentinck (1774-1839; M.P. and Governor General of India)
- William John Cavendish-Bentinck-Scott, 5th Duke of Portland (1800-1879)
- Lord [William] George Frederic Cavendish-Scott-Bentinck (1802-1848)
- Lord [William] Henry Cavendish-Bentinck (1804-1870)
- William John Arthur Charles James Cavendish-Bentinck, 6th Duke of Portland (1857-1943)
- Winifred Anna Cavendish-Bentinck, Duchess of Portland (1863-1954)
- William Arthur Henry Cavendish-Bentinck, 7th Duke of Portland (1893-1977)
- Ferdinand William Cavendish-Bentinck, 8th Duke of Portland (1888-1980)
- Victor Frederick William Cavendish-Bentinck, 9th Duke of Portland (1897-1990)
- Henry Noel Bentinck, 11th Earl of Portland (1919-1997)
- Timothy Charles Robert Noel Bentinck, 12th Earl of Portland (b 1953)
The second surviving son of the 4th Duke of Portland, Lord George's early life was dominated by sporting and military pursuits. As a member of the 9th Lancers, he became embroiled in a dispute with his superior officer, Captain Ker, which led to an infamous duel between the two men in Paris in May 1821. Though both men turned up for their 'meeting' in the Bois de Boulogne, their duel was prevented by the intervention of Lord George's uncle, George Canning. Through Canning's influence, Lord George became involved in politics, being elected as M.P. for King's Lynn in 1828.
Lord George had a short, but extremely influential political career, becoming leader of the Protectionist cause in the House of Commons in 1846. He vehemently opposed the repeal of the Corn Laws, and was chiefly responsible for bringing about the fall of Peel and causing the permanent division of Peel's party.
Perhaps the primary interest in Lord George Bentinck's life, however, was horseracing. He carried on breeding, training and racing operations on an almost unparalleled scale and virtually controlled Goodwood. He was responsible for many of the reforms which helped horseracing become a more regulated sport.
Illustration of Lord George Bentinck
Lord George never married.
- Lord George's papers are part of the Portland (Welbeck) Collection held in Manuscripts and Special Collections at The University of Nottingham and include extensive personal and political correspondence
- Details of collections held elsewhere are available through the National Register of Archives.
- Disraeli, Benjamin, Lord George Bentinck: a political biography (London, 1852) [King’s Meadow Campus Special Collection DA536.B39]; (revised edn, 1858) [King’s Meadow Campus Ref DA536.B39]
- Kent, J., Racing Life of Lord George Cavendish Bentinck and other reminiscences (1892) [King’s Meadow Campus East Midlands Collection Not 468.V38.BEN]
- Kirby, Chester, The English Country Gentleman. A study of nineteenth, century types (Lord George Bentinck, Grantley Berkeley, 5th Duke of Richmond, Sir John Bennet Lawes) (London, 1937)
- Michael Seth-Smith, Lord Paramount of the Turf: Lord George Bentinck 1802-1948 (London, 1971) [King’s Meadow Campus East Midlands Collection Not 468.V38 BEN]
- Jewell, Phyllis M., The opposition of Lord George Bentinck and the Right Hon. Benjamin Disraeli to Sir Robert Peel (Liverpool University Thesis, 1929)