George Damer, 2nd Earl of Dorchester

British politician

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The Earl of Dorchester
Chief Secretary for Ireland
In office
1794–1795
Monarch George III
Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger
Preceded by Sylvester Douglas
Succeeded by Thomas Pelham
Personal details
Born (1746-03-28)28 March 1746
Died (1808-03-07)7 March 1808
Park Lane, London
Nationality British
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge

George Damer, 2nd Earl of Dorchester, PC, PC (Ire) (28 March 1746 – 7 March 1808), styled Viscount Milton between 1792 and 1798, was a British politician. He served as Chief Secretary for Ireland between 1794 and 1795.

Background[edit]

Dorchester was the second son of Joseph Damer, 1st Earl of Dorchester. He was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he took his MA in 1767.[1][2]

Political career[edit]

Lord Dorchester sat as Member of Parliament for Cricklade between 1768 and 1774,[3] for Anstruther Burghs between 1778 and 1780,[4] for Dorchester between 1780 and 1790[5] and for Malton between 1792 and 1798.[6] He also represented Naas in the Irish House of Commons between 1795 and 1798[7] and served under William Pitt the Younger as Chief Secretary for Ireland between 1794 and 1795. He was sworn of the British Privy Council in 1794[8] and of the Irish Privy Council in 1795.[9]

He succeeded his father in the earldom on 12 January 1798, his elder brother having committed suicide in 1776, and entered the House of Lords. On 25 June 1798, he was appointed colonel of the Dorset Militia in succession to Lord Rivers,[10] but resigned in late 1799.[11] Lord Dorchester was also Lord Lieutenant of Dorset, and colonel of the Dorsetshire Yeomanry Cavalry, from 1803 to 1808.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Milton Abbey in the late 1800s

Lord Dorchester was a great favourite of the royal family who occasionally stayed at his estate at Milton Abbey near Weymouth.[13] He died unmarried in Park Lane, London,[14] in March 1808, aged 61, when his titles became extinct. His estates were inherited by his sister Lady Caroline Damer, and on her death in 1828 by their Dawson cousins, who assumed the additional name of Damer. John Dawson-Damer, 2nd Earl of Portarlington, inherited the large but encumbered Irish properties, and his younger brothers Henry and George Dawson-Damer received respectively the estates of Milton Abbey and Came.[15]

References[edit]

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by

Member of Parliament for Cricklade
1768–1774
With: Sir Robert Fletcher
Succeeded by

Preceded by

Member of Parliament for Anstruther Burghs
1778–1780
Succeeded by

Preceded by

Member of Parliament for Dorchester
1780–1791
With: William Ewer 1780–1789
Thomas Ewer 1789–1790
Cropley Ashley 1790
Francis Fane 1790–1791
Succeeded by

Preceded by

Member of Parliament for Malton
1792–1798
With: Edmund Burke 1792–1794
Richard Burke 1794–1795
William Baldwin 1795–1798
Succeeded by

Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by

Member of Parliament for Naas
1795–1798
With: Sir James Bond, Bt 1795–1797
Vacant 1797–1798
Succeeded by

Military offices
Preceded by

Colonel of the Dorset Militia
1798–1799
Succeeded by

Richard Bingham
New regiment Colonel of the
Dorsetshire Yeomanry Cavalry

1803–1808
Succeeded by

Political offices
Preceded by

Chief Secretary for Ireland
1794–1795
Succeeded by

Honorary titles
Preceded by

Lord Lieutenant of Dorset
1803–1808
Succeeded by

Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by

Earl of Dorchester
1798–1808
Extinct