George Damer, 2nd Earl of Dorchester

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The Right Honourable
The Earl of Dorchester
PC, PC (Ire)
George Damer 2nd Earl of Dorchester.jpg
Chief Secretary for Ireland
In office
Monarch George III
Prime Minister Hon. William Pitt the Younger
Preceded by Sylvester Douglas
Succeeded by Hon. Thomas Pelham
Personal details
Born (1746-03-28)28 March 1746
Died 7 March 1808(1808-03-07) (aged 61)
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.


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 English 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, 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 always stayed with him 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]


  1. ^ "Damer, the Hon. George (DMR763G)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. ^ The Athenaeum Magazine, April 1808
  3. ^ House of Commons: Cornwall-Cynon Valley
  4. ^ House of Commons: Andover – Armagh South
  5. ^ House of Commons: Devizes – Dorset West
  6. ^ House of Commons: Macclesfield – Marylebone West
  7. ^ Irish House of Commons
  8. ^ Privy Counsellors 1679–1835
  9. ^ Privy Counsellors – Ireland
  10. ^ "No. 15038". The London Gazette. 3 July 1798. p. 616.
  11. ^ "No. 15214". The London Gazette. 17 December 1799. p. 1305.
  12. ^ Peerages: Desborough-Dorchester
  13. ^ The Athenaeum Magazine, April 1808
  14. ^ The Athenaeum Magazine, April 1808
  15. ^ Burke's Peerage, 1831; Journal of Mary Frampton [1885]
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Thomas Gore
Arnold Nesbitt
Member of Parliament for Cricklade
With: Sir Robert Fletcher
Succeeded by
William Earle
Arnold Nesbitt
Preceded by
Philip Anstruther
Member of Parliament for Anstruther Burghs
Succeeded by
Sir John Anstruther, Bt
Preceded by
John Damer
William Ewer
Member of Parliament for Dorchester
With: William Ewer 1780–1789
Thomas Ewer 1789–1790
Hon. Cropley Ashley 1790
Francis Fane 1790–1791
Succeeded by
Francis Fane
Hon. Cropley Ashley
Preceded by
Edmund Burke
William Weddell
Member of Parliament for Malton
With: Edmund Burke 1792–1794
Richard Burke 1794–1795
William Baldwin 1795–1798
Succeeded by
William Baldwin
Bryan Cooke
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Lord Naas
Sir James Bond, Bt
Member of Parliament for Naas
With: Sir James Bond, Bt 1795–1797
Vacant 1797–1798
Succeeded by
Hon. Francis Hely-Hutchinson
Military offices
Preceded by
The Lord Rivers
Colonel of the Dorset Militia
Succeeded by
Richard Bingham
New regiment Colonel of the
Dorsetshire Yeomanry Cavalry

Succeeded by
James Frampton
Political offices
Preceded by
Sylvester Douglas
Chief Secretary for Ireland
Succeeded by
Hon. Thomas Pelham
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Lord Rivers
Lord Lieutenant of Dorset
Succeeded by
The Earl Digby
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Joseph Damer
Earl of Dorchester