DAMER, Hon. Lionel (1748-1807).

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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28 Feb. 1786 - 1802

Family and Education

b. 16 Sept. 1748, 3rd s. of Joseph, 1st Baron Milton, and bro. of Hon. George and Hon. John Damer. educ. Eton 1755-65; Trinity, Camb. 1766. m. 16 Apr. 1778, Williamsa, da. of William Janssen, s.p.

Offices Held


Lionel Damer was considered for East Grinstead in 1783. On 9 May Lord Sackville wrote to General Irwin, who was leaving Parliament:1 ‘Your successor was to have been Mr. Lionel Damer, but his uncle did not approve of his being in Parliament.’

Like his brother George, Lionel Damer was closely connected with Lord Fitzwilliam. On 27 July 1784 he told Fitzwilliam he was willing to stand for Peterborough if a vacancy occurred, but could not pay more than £1,500 for his seat.2 He was returned in 1786, but only after it had become clear that the town would not accept Lord John Cavendish.3 He voted in opposition with Fitzwilliam and his brother George. His one recorded speech before 1790 was on a private bill promoted by his father.4

He died 28 May 1807.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: John Brooke


  • 1. HMC Stopford-Sackville, i. 144.
  • 2. Fitzwilliam mss, Northants RO.
  • 3. Bp. of Peterborough to Fitzwilliam, 29 Aug. 1785, ibid.
  • 4. 5 May 1785, Stockdale, vi. 50.