Thomas Lee Dummer

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Thomas Lee Dummer (1712 – October 1765) was an English Member of Parliament for Southampton (1737–1741) and Newport (Isle of Wight) (1765–1768).

Cranbury Park, near Winchester


Dummer's uncle, Edmund Dummer (1663–1724), was a lawyer who was appointed "Clerk of the Great Wardrobe" under Queen Anne in 1706, holding that office until 1721. His father, Thomas, was appointed "Yeoman Tailor and Portitior" in 1706 and "Deputy Master" the following year.[1]


In 1721, Dummer replaced his uncle as "Clerk of the Great Wardrobe" to King George I,[2] retaining this office until his death.[1] In 1730, he became Lord of the Manor at Horninghold in Leicestershire.[3]

In March 1732, Dummer was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society [4]

Political career[edit]

In 1737, Dummer succeeded John Conduitt as MP for Southampton on the latter's death. Conduitt had left a daughter, Catherine, whose guardians sold the estate at Cranbury Park near Winchester to Dummer,[5][6] as well as estates at Weston and Netley, near Southampton.

Dummer continued to represent Southampton for four years until the 1741 election. In 1747, he was elected as MP for Newport on the Isle of Wight and continued to represent that town until his death in 1765. On his death, his estates were left to his son, Thomas (1739–1781), who also succeeded him as MP for Newport.


  1. ^ a b "Independent Sub-departments: Great Wardrobe 1660-1782". British History Online. Retrieved 27 September 2009. 
  2. ^ "Index of Officers-D" (PDF). Loyola University, Chicago. Retrieved 27 September 2009. 
  3. ^ "Horninghold, Gartree Hundred" (PDF). Victoria County History of Leicestershire. Retrieved 27 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "Library and Archive Catalogue". The Royal Society. Retrieved 7 December 2010. 
  5. ^ Page, William (1908). "Parishes – Hursley: Cranbury". A History of the County of Hampshire: Volume 3. Retrieved 27 September 2009. 
  6. ^ Yonge, Charlotte M. (1898). "Cranbury and Brambridge". John Keble's Parishes – Chapter 6. Retrieved 27 September 2009. 

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Sir William Heathcote
John Conduitt
Member of Parliament for Southampton
With: Sir William Heathcote
Succeeded by
Peter Delmé
Edward Gibbon
Preceded by
Anthony Chute
Monoux Cope
Member of Parliament for Newport (Isle of Wight)
With: Captain Bluett Wallop 1747–1749
Ralph Jenison 1749–1758
Rear-Admiral Charles Holmes 1758–1762
William Rawlinson Earle 1762–1765
Succeeded by
Thomas Dummer
William Rawlinson Earle