MICHEL, David Robert (?1735-1805), of Dewlish, Dorset

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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12 Dec. 1780 - 1784

Family and Education

b. ?1735, s. of John Michel of Kingston Russell, nr. Dorchester by Mary, da. of Sir David Heckstetter of Southgate, Mdx.  educ. B.N.C. Oxf. 27 June 1753, aged 17.  m. (1) 10 Jan. 1764, Grace (d. 23 Nov. 1777), da. of John Ayscough of Jamaica, 7s. 5da.; (2) 1783, Eleanor, da. of Edward Poore. His niece, Anne Buckley Batson, m. 1778 Henry Fane of Fulbeck.

Offices Held


In 1780 Michel contested Lyme Regis on the Fane interest. After a double return the election was declared void, but Michel was returned at a second election in December. In Parliament, like his fellow Member Henry Fane, he supported the North Administration till its fall; voted against Shelburne’s peace preliminaries, 18 Feb. 1783, and in Robinson’s list of January 1784 and Stockdale’s of 19 Mar. is classed as an opponent of Pitt. There is no report of his having spoken in the House. He did not stand again in 1784.

He died March 1805.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: Mary M. Drummond