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Sir Jermyn Davers, 4th Baronet (c.1686 – 20 February 1743), of Rougham and Rushbrooke, Suffolk, was an English landowner and Tory politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1722 to 1743.


Early lifeEdit

Davers was the second son of Sir Robert Davers, 2nd Baronet and his wife Hon. Mary Jermyn, daughter and co-heiress of Thomas Jermyn, 2nd Baron Jermyn.[1] He was brought up at Rushbrooke Hall and matriculated at Christ Church, Oxford on 14 March 1704, aged 17. [2]


At the 1722 British general election, Davers was returned in a contest as a Tory Member of Parliament for Bury St Edmunds. He succeeded his brother Sir Robert Davers, 3rd Baronet, to the baronetcy on 20 May 1723.[1] In April 1725 he was one of five Tories who voted against a motion to restore the inheritance of Bolingbroke. He inherited the Jermyn estates, including Cheveley, Cambridgeshire, and Dover Street, in London, in 1726 from Henry Jermyn, 1st Baron Dover, his great uncle. At the 1727 British general election he was returned as MP for Suffolk, topping the poll in a contest. He voted consistently against the Government. He was returned unopposed for Suffolk in 1734 British general election and 1741 British general election[3].

Later life and legacyEdit

Davers appear to have had two illegitimate sons before his marriage to Margaretta Green, the daughter of Rev. Edward Green, rector of Drinkstone, Suffolk, on 21 October 1729. [1] He died on 20 February 1743 leaving in addition four legitimate sons of whom two shot themselves, and two daughters:[3]

  • Mary Davers (1730-1805)
  • Charles Davers (died young)
  • Elizabeth Davers (1733 - 19 December 1800), married Frederick Hervey, 4th Earl of Bristol
  • Sir Robert Davers, 5th Baronet (1735 - 6 May 1763) unmarried
  • Sir Charles Davers, 6th Baronet (4 June 1737 – 4 June 1806), married Frances Trice
  • Rev. Thomas Davers, (1738-1766)

He was succeeded in the baronetcy by his son Robert who was killed in Canada during Pontiac's Rebellion and then by Charles.


  1. ^ a b c William Betham, The Baronetage of England (1803), p.58.
  2. ^ Foster, Joseph. "Dabbe-Dirkin in Alumni Oxonienses 1500-1714 pp. 366-405". British History Online. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b "DAVERS, Sir Jermyn, 4th Bt. (c.1686-1743), of Rougham and Rushbrooke, Suff". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
James Reynolds
Lord Hervey I
Member of Parliament for Bury St Edmunds
With: James Reynolds 1722-1725
Lord Hervey II 1725-1727
Succeeded by
Lord Hervey II
Thomas Norton
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Hanmer, Bt
Sir William Barker, Bt
Member of Parliament for Suffolk
With: Sir William Barker, Bt 1727-1732
Sir Robert Kemp, Bt 1732-1735
Sir Cordell Firebrace, Bt 1735-1743
Succeeded by
John Affleck
Sir Cordell Firebrace, Bt
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
Robert Davers
(of Rougham)
1723 – 1743
Succeeded by
Robert Davers