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