John Damer

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John Damer
Member of Parliament for Gatton
In office
21 March 1768 – 7 October 1774
Personal details
Born25 June 1744 (1744-06-25)
Shronell, County Tipperary, Ireland
Died15 August 1776 (1776-08-16) (aged 32)
Bedford Arms, Covent Garden
Political partyWhig
Spouse(s)Anne Seymour-Conway (m. 14 June 1767, d. 1828)
Alma materTrinity 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. His mother was the daughter of Lionel Cranfield Sackville, 1st Duke of Dorset and his wife Elizabeth Colyear. His maternal grandmother was the daughter of Lieutenant-General Walter Philip Colyear, and the niece of 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]


Damer is mentioned in the lyrics of the traditional Irish song "Limerick Rake".


  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.
  3. ^ "DAMER, Hon. John (1744-76). | History of Parliament Online".
  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
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