DUNDAS, Philip (c.1763-1807), of Upper Grosvenor Street, Mdx.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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24 Jan. 1803 - Apr. 1805

Family and Education

b.c.1763, 4th s. of Robert Dundas, ld. pres. of court of session, of Arniston, Edinburgh by 2nd w. Jean, da. of William Grant*, Lord Prestongrange, of Prestongrange, Haddington; bro. of Robert Dundas* and Wlliam Dundas*. m. (1) 1790,1 Mrs Lindsay of Dublin, s.p.; (2) 5 May 1803, Margaret, da. of Sir John Wedderburn, 6th Bt., of Ballendean, Perth, 2s.

Offices Held

Entered E.I. Co. naval service by 1786; capt. of Melville Castle 1786-92;2 pres. of marine board and supt. Bombay 1792-1801; gov. Prince of Wales Island 1805-d.


Of Lord President Dundas’s four sons, two were destined for the law and two for colonial service. Philip, like the others, benefited from the protection of his father’s half-brother Henry Dundas, who secured his promotion in India from a captain in the Company naval service to ‘master attendant at Bombay, where he had £10,000 a year and accumulated £70,000 or £80,000, with which he returned to England’.3 Soon afterwards Henry Dundas secured him a seat in Parliament for his friend Mark Wood’s borough of Gatton, where he faced an unexpected contest and, as he afterwards complained, some expense, which his uncle had also not led him to expect. He was therefore on the look-out, in April 1804, for a vacancy in one of the Scottish burghs where he might be a presentable candidate.4 Before then rumour had it that he wished to relinquish Parliament, but this was reported by an aspirant to his seat; Dundas did not quit until he was provided for.5

In the House, as far as is known, he was a silent Member. Like his brothers he voted against Addington on the defence questions that brought his ministry down, 16, 23 and 25 Apr. 1804, having been li