John Floyer (Dorset MP)

For other people named John Floyer, see John Floyer (disambiguation).

John Floyer (26 April 1811 4 July 1887) was an English cricketer with amateur status who was active from 1832 to 1833. He was later a Conservative Party politician who sat in the House of Commons in two periods between 1846 and 1885.

Floyer was born in Stansford, Dorset, the son of Rev. William Floyer and his wife Elizabeth Barton, daughton of Stephen Barton. He was educated at Winchester College and Balliol College, Oxford, where he appeared in first-class cricket for the University team in one match in 1832.[1] He appeared in 1833 in one other match subsequently deemed to be first-class. He appeared in two matches as an unknown handedness batsman whose bowling style is unknown, playing for Oxford University and for an A to K team organised by Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). He scored one run with a highest score of 1 and took no wickets.[2]

He was a Deputy Lieutenant and J.P. for Dorset, and was High Sheriff of Dorset in 1844. He was also major of the Queen's Own (Dorset) Yeoman Cavalry.[3]

In 1846 Floyer was elected Member of Parliament for Dorset and held the seat until 1857. He was re-elected for Dorset in 1864 and held the seat until 1885.[4]

Floyer married in 1844 Georgina Charlotte Frances Bankes, daughter of George Bankes, MP for Corfe Castle.

He died in Westminster.



Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Lord Ashley
Henry Sturt
George Bankes
Member of Parliament for Dorset
1846 1857
With: George Bankes to 1856
Henry Ker Seymer 1846–57
Henry Sturt (2) from 1856
Succeeded by
Henry Ker Seymer
Henry Sturt (2)
Henry Portman
Preceded by
Henry Ker Seymer
Henry Sturt (2)
Henry Portman
Member of Parliament for Dorset
1864 1885
With: Henry Sturt (2) to 1876
Henry Portman, 2nd Viscount Portman
Edward Digby from 1876
Constituency divided.
See North, South, East, and West Dorset

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