DAWKINS, James (?1760-1843), of Over Norton, Oxon. and Standlynch, Wilts.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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1784 - 1806
23 Feb. 1807 - 1807
5 Feb. 1808 - 1812
1812 - 1826
1831 - 1832

Family and Education

b. ?1760, 1st s. of Henry Dawkins.  educ. Ch. Ch. Oxf. matric. 4 May 1779, aged 18. m. (1) 3 Sept. 1785, Hannah, da. of Thomas Phipps of Heywood, Wilts., wid. of Charles Long of Grittleton, Wilts., 2s. 1da.; (2) Maria, da. of Gen. Gordon Forbes, s.p.  suc. fa. 1814, and to estates of his cos. Thomas, 4th Earl of Portmore [S] 1835, and took name of Colyear.

Offices Held


Dawkins succeeded his father as M.P. for Chippenham, and was returned unopposed. He was classed by William Adam as ‘Opposition’, and voted with them on Richmond’s fortifications plan, 27 Feb. 1786, and on the Regency. There is no record of his having spoken in the House before 1790.

He died 13 Mar. 1843, aged 83.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: J. A. Cannon