Papers of Lady Charlotte Denison (née Bentinck), Viscountess Ossington (1806-1889) in the Portland (Welbeck) Collection

Scope and Content

The correspondence is predominantly with Lady Charlotte's family and other members of the aristocracy. The miscellaneous section contains a number of papers relating to the death of Earl Canning and various verses and riddles in English, French and Latin.

Administrative / Biographical History

Lady Charlotte Denison (1806-1889) was the daughter of the 4th Duke of Portland. In 1827 she married John Evelyn Denison who became Speaker of the House of Commons and was created Viscount Ossington in 1872. She was close to her brother, the 5th Duke of Portland. Following his death in 1879 she assumed, by Royal Licence in 1882, the surname Scott. Her letters in the Portland Collection complement the Denison Collection, also deposited in the University of Nottingham Library.


The Collection is divided into two series, reflecting its arrangement on acquisition from Welbeck. The first consists of correspondence, primarily to Lady Charlotte, and the second series contains miscellaneous papers.

Access Information

Accessible to all registered readers.

Other Finding Aids

Copyright in all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham. In the Reading Room, King's Meadow Campus:Typescript Catalogue, 3 pp At the National Register of Archives, London:Typescript Catalogue, 3 pp On the World Wide Web:Catalogue accessible from the website for Manuscripts and Special Collections, Manuscripts Online Catalogue.Catalogue also available online through The National Archives Access to Archives (A2A) web site.

Conditions Governing Use

Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.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 Manuscripts and Special Collections (email and photographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents.

Custodial History

This small collection of papers constitutes part of the Portland (Welbeck) Collection (GB 159 Pw) and 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.

Related Material

Letters to her brother William, 5th Duke of Portland (Reference Pw K 1312-1441)

Papers of the Denison family: Reference De

Correspondence of her husband Viscount Ossington: Reference Os

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