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Dorchester, Earl of (GB, 1792 - 1808)


Creation: let.pat. 18 May 1792


Extinct: 7 Mar 1808


Family name: Damer




Barry nebulée of six Argent and Gules over all a Bend engrailed Azure


Out of a Mural Coronet Or a Talbot's Head Azure eared Gold


Dexter: A Talbot Azure murally gorged and eared Or; Sinister: A Talbot Argent murally gorged and eared Azure



Joseph [Damer], 1st Baron Milton later 1st Earl of Dorchester, PC

son and heir of Joseph Damer MP, of Winterbourne-Came, co. Dorset, by his wife Mary Churchill, dau. of John Churchill, of Henbury, co. Dorset


12 Mar 1717/8


27 Jul 1742 Lady Caroline Sackville (b. 6 Mar 1718; d. 24 May 1775), 3rd dau. of Lionel [Sackville], 1st Duke of Dorset, by his wife Elizabeth Colyear, dau. and cohrss. of Lieut Gen Walter Philip Colyear


1. Hon John Damer (dsp. and vp. 15 Aug 1776), mar. 1767 Anne Seymour-Conway, of Strawberry Hill, co. Middlesex (b. 8 Nov 1748; dsp. 28 May 1828), only dau. of Field Marshal Rt Hon Henry Seymour-Conway MP, Secretary of State for the North (by his wife Lady Caroline Bruce, widow of Charles [Bruce], 4th Earl of Elgin, and only dau. of John [Campbell], 4th Duke of Argyll), brother of Francis [Seymour-Conway], 1st Marquess of Hertford, and 2nd son by his third wife of Francis [Seymour later Seymour-Conway], 1st Baron Conway

2. Hon George Damer, later 2nd Earl of Dorchester

3. Hon Lionel Damer (b. 16 Sep 1748; dsp. 28 May 1807), mar. 16 Apr 1778 Williamsa Janssen, dau. of William Janssen

1. Lady Caroline Damer, sculptress (b. 4 May 1752; d. 1829)


12 Jun 1798


3 Jul 1753 Baron Milton, of Shronehill in the County of Tipperary (Peerage of Ireland)

10 May 1762 Baron Milton, of Milton Abbey in the County of Dorset

18 May 1792 Viscount Milton, of Milton Abbey in the County of Dorset, and Earl of Dorchester

suc. by



Member of Parliament (Whig) for Weymouth 1741-47, for Bramber 1747-54 and for Dorchester 1754-62 ; Privy Councillor [I] 1753; High Steward of Dorchester


George [Damer], 2nd Earl of Dorchester


28 Mar 1746


7 Mar 1808


Member of Parliament (Whig) for Cricklade 1768-74, for Craill Boroughs 1778-80, for Dorchester 1780-91, for Malton 1792-98 and for Naas 1795-97; Maj, 87th Foot 1779; Lt Col in the West Indies 1782; Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland 1794-95; Privy Councillor [E] 1794 and [I] 1795; Lord Lieutenant of Dorset 1803-08


On the death of the 2nd Earl of Dorchester the Earldom of Dorchester and the Baronies and Viscountcy of Milton became extinct and the Milton Abbey estates passed to his sister, Lady Caroline Damer. On her death in 1829 the estates passed to the children of her cousin John [Dawson], 1st Earl of Portarlington.


 First written 16 Apr 2005



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