DUNDAS, Hon. Robert Lawrence (1780-1844).

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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1807 - 1812
1826 - 1 May 1827
8 Feb. 1828 - 1834
12 Mar. 1839 - 1841

Family and Education

b. 27 July 1780, 6th s. of Sir Thomas Dundas, 2nd Bt.*, 1st Baron Dundas, and bro. of Hon. Charles Lawrence Dundas*, Hon. George Heneage Lawrence Dundas*, and Lawrence Dundas*. educ. Harrow 1790-5/7. unm. KCB 2 Jan. 1815.

Offices Held

2nd Lt. R.A. 1797; 2nd lt. R.E. 1798, lt. 1800; capt. R. Staff Corps. 1802, maj. 1804; brevet lt.-col. 1811; half-pay as permanent asst. q.m.g. 1817; col. 1821, maj.-gen. 1830; col. 59 Ft. 1840, lt.-gen. 1841.


Dundas was elected for Malton in 1807 on the interest of his uncle Earl Fitzwilliam, surviving a contest provoked by the revolt of Fitzwilliam’s tenants. Elected to Brooks’s on 2 July 1807, he voted regularly with the Whigs during the sessions of 1807 and 1808; thereafter, although he was classed ‘present Opposition’ by the Whigs in 1810, military service in the Peninsula restricted his activity to a vote against the convention of Cintra, 21 Feb. 1809, and three votes with opposition on 4 and 24 Feb. and 3 Mar. 1812. Not knowing when he would return home, Fitzwilliam replaced him at Malton in 1812. There is no record of his having spoken in his first Parliament. Dundas died 23 Nov. 1844.

Wentworth Woodhouse mun. F42/29.

Ref Volumes: 1790-1820

Author: J. M. Collinge