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1st earl of Portland, Hans Willem van Bentinck

(c. 1649—1709)


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(c. 1649–1709).

Dutch confidant of William III. Entering the household of William of Orange in the early 1660s, Bentinck became the prince's close friend, playing an important diplomatic role in the preparations for William's invasion of England in 1688. On becoming king, William rewarded Bentinck handsomely with English lands and honours, and in April 1689 he was given an earldom. He was impeached in 1701 for keeping English ministers in ignorance of his negotiations with France over the partition of Spain, but was never put on trial. He retired from court following William's death in 1702.


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