DAVERS, Sir Jermyn, 4th Bt. (c.1686-1743), of Rougham and Rushbrooke, Suff.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1722 - 1727
1727 - 16 Feb. 1743

Family and Education

b. c.1686, 2nd s. of Sir Robert Davers, 2nd Bt.. educ. Ch. Ch. Oxf. 14 Mar. 1704, aged 17. m. 21 Oct. 1729, Margaretta, da. and coh. of Rev. Edward Green, rector of Drinkstone, Suff., 6s. (2 illegit.), 2da. suc. bro. 20 May 1723.

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Jermyn Davers was returned for Bury St. Edmunds in 1722, ousting Carr, Lord Hervey, whose father reported that in the municipal elections later in the year ‘Jermyn Davers has solicited more in ten days ... than ever Lord Hervey did in so many years’.1 In April 1725 he was one of five Tories to vote against a motion for the restoration of Bolingbroke’s inheritance.2 In 1726 he inherited the Jermyn estates, including Cheveley in Cambridgeshire, and Dover Street, in London, under the will of his great uncle, Henry Jermyn, the 1st Lord Dover. Next year he was returned as a Tory for Suffolk, at the head of the poll, voting consistently against the Government. In 1729 he married the daughter of a neighbouring clergyman, by whom he appears to have had two sons born out of wedlock. He died 20 Feb. 1743, leaving four legitimate sons, of whom one went to Canada, where he was killed by Red Indians, and two shot themselves.3

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Romney R. Sedgwick


  • 1. Letter Bks. of John Hervey, 1st Earl of Bristol, ii. 251-2.
  • 2. Knatchbull Diary, 20 Apr. 1725.
  • 3. Rushbrook Par. Reg. 162-7, 178-9, 369, 372, 374.