John Damer

John Damer
Member of Parliament for Gatton
In office
21 March 1768  7 October 1774
Personal details
Born 25 June 1744 (1744-06-25)
Died 15 August 1776 (1776-08-16) (aged 32)
Bedford Arms, Covent Garden
Nationality British
Political party Whig
Spouse(s) Anne Seymour-Conway (m. 14 June 1767, d. 1828)
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge

Hon. John Damer (25 June 1744 – 15 August 1776) was a British Whig politician.


John was the first of three sons of Joseph Damer, 1st Earl of Dorchester by the Lady Caroline Sackville daughter of Lionel Cranfield Sackville, 1st Duke of Dorset and of Elizabeth Colyear his wife daughter of Lieutenant-General Walter Philip Colyear brother to David Colyear, 1st Earl of Portmore.[1] His younger brothers were the Hon. Lionel Damer and the George Damer, 2nd Earl of Dorchester.


Damer was educated at Eton (1755–61) and Trinity College, Cambridge (1762).[2]


He married Anne Seymour-Conway, daughter of Field Marshal Rt. Hon. Henry Seymour Conway and Lady Caroline Campbell, on 14 June 1767. She separated from him seven years later.

Political career

Damer was the Member of Parliament for Gatton 1768–1774.[3]


Damer got heavily into debt and his father refused to help him financially. He shot himself on 15 August 1776 at the Bedford Arms, Covent Garden.[4][5]


  1. Mosley, Charles, editor. Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes. Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003.
  2. "Damer, the Hon. John (DMR762J)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  4. Thornbury, Walter. 'Covent Garden : Part 2 of 3.' Old and New London: Volume 3. London: Cassell, Petter & Galpin, 1878. 255-269. British History Online. Web. 29 January 2015.
  5. Alison Yarrington, "Damer, Anne Seymour (1749–1828)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, January 2008 Subscription site
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Thomas Brand
Lieutenant-Colonel Edward Harvey
Member of Parliament for Gatton
With: Joseph Martin
Succeeded by
Sir William Mayne
Robert Scott
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