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Bentinck, William Henry Cavendish, third Duke of Portland (1738-1809)

Prime Minister of Great Britain. Under Rockingham, he was Lord Chamberlain from 1765 till 1766. In 1782, when Rockingham was again in power, the Duke became Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. Fox and North chose him as 'a convenient cypher' to head their coalition government. He held office as Prime Minister from then until the defeat of the British India Bill forced his dismissal. Under Pitt, he was Secretary of State for the Home Department from 1794 till 1801, when he became President of the Council.

In 1807, he was Prime Minister for the second time and First Lord of the Treasury.

His political influence was largely due to 'his rank, his mild disposition, and his personal integrity'.

Burns referred to 'the triumph of the Portland Band' in his 'Ode to the Departed Regency Bill 1789'. This was a Bill proposing power for the Prince of Wales because of the King's illness, favoured by Fox and opposed by Pitt. The Bill was withdrawn when it was announced that the King was recovering.

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