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 Lord Charles Bentinck 

In office
29 July 1812 – 28 April 1826
Monarch George III
George IV
Prime Minister The Earl of Liverpool
Preceded by Viscount Jocelyn
Succeeded by Sir William Henry Fremantle

Born 3 October 1780 (1780-10-03)
Died 28 April 1826 (1826-04-29)
Nationality British
Spouse(s) (1) Georgiana Seymour
(d. 1813)
(2) Lady Anne Wellesley
(c. 1795-1875)

Lieutenant-Colonel Lord William Charles Augustus Cavendish-Bentinck (3 October 1780 – 28 April 1826), known as Lord Charles Bentinck, was a British soldier and politician and a great-great-grandfather of Queen Elizabeth II.



Bentinck was the third son of Prime Minister William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland and Lady Dorothy (1750–1794), daughter of Prime Minister William Cavendish, 4th Duke of Devonshire. William Bentinck, 4th Duke of Portland, and Lord William Bentinck were his elder brothers.[1]

Political career

Bentinck was returned to Parliament for Ashburton in 1806, a seat he held until 1812.[2] He served under the Earl of Liverpool as Treasurer of the Household between 1812[3] and 1826.


Bentinck married, firstly, Georgiana Augusta Frederica Seymour on 21 September 1808. They had one daughter. Georgiana died in December 1813. In 1815 he eloped with his mistress, Lady Abdy, daughter of Richard Wellesley, 1st Marquess Wellesley, and Hyacinthe Gabrielle Roland, and wife of Bentinck's friend Sir William Abdy, 7th Baronet. Lady Anne was granted a divorce from her husband and she and Bentinck were married on 16 July 1816. They had four children:

Bentinck died on 28 April 1826 at age 45. His wife survived him by over 50 years and died in March 1875.[1]


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Walter Palk
Hon. Gilbert Elliot
Member of Parliament for Ashburton
With: Hon. Gilbert Elliot 1807–1811
John Sullivan 1811–1812
Succeeded by
John Sullivan
Richard Preston
Political offices
Preceded by
Viscount Jocelyn
Treasurer of the Household
Succeeded by
Sir William Henry Fremantle


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