George Dawson-Damer

Colonel The Right Honourable
George Dawson-Damer
Comptroller of the Household
In office
9 September 1841  30 June 1846
Monarch Victoria
Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel, Bt
Preceded by Lord Marcus Hill
Succeeded by Lord Marcus Hill
Personal details
Born 28 October 1788 (1788-10-28)
Died 14 April 1856 (1856-04-15) (aged 67)
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Mary Seymour (d. 1848)

Colonel the Rt Hon George Lionel Dawson-Damer CB PC (28 October 1788 – 14 April 1856) was a British Conservative Party politician.


Dawson-Damer was a younger son of John Dawson, 1st Earl of Portarlington, and Lady Caroline, daughter of Prime Minister John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute. He assumed the additional name of Damer by royal sign-manual in 1829 on succeeding to a portion of the estates of his aunt, Lady Caroline Damer.

Military Career

While on the staff of Sir Robert Wilson he was present with the Russian army at the retreat of the French cavalry from Moscow in October 1812. In 1813 he was at the battles of Lützen, Bautzen, Dresden, Kulm, Wurzen, and the Siege of Hamburg and the operation at Holstein. In 1815 he was appointed Quartermaster General to the Prince of Orange, under whom he served in the 1st King's Dragoon Guards and was present at the battles at Quatre Bras and Waterloo, where he was wounded and had two horses shot under him and for which he was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB).[1][2]

Political career

Dawson-Damer was returned to Parliament for Portarlington in 1835, a seat he held until 1847, and served under Sir Robert Peel as Comptroller of the Household from 1841 to 1846. Between 1847 and 1852 he represented Dorchester in the House of Commons.[3]


Dawson-Damer married Mary Georgiana Emma, daughter of Lord Hugh Seymour and Lady Anne Horatia Waldegrave, in 1825. They had five daughters and one son:[4]

Mary died in October 1848. Dawson-Damer survived her by eight years and died in April 1856, aged 67. He is buried in St Peter's Church, Winterborne Came where there is a memorial to him. His only son Lionel succeeded to the title Earl of Portarlington on the death of his cousin Henry Dawson-Damer, 3rd Earl of Portarlington in 1889.


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Thomas Gladstone
Member of Parliament for Portarlington
Succeeded by
Francis Plunkett Dunne
Preceded by
Anthony Henry Ashley-Cooper
Sir James Graham, Bt
Member of Parliament for Dorchester
With: Henry Sturt
Succeeded by
Henry Sturt
Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Political offices
Preceded by
Lord Marcus Hill
Comptroller of the Household
Succeeded by
Lord Marcus Hill
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