Sir George Dallas 1st Bart.

6th Apr 1758 - 5th Apr 1846

Antecedent of claimant or beneficiary


Younger son of Robert Dallas (died 1797), insurance broker, of 2 Cooper's Court, St Michael, Cornhill, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of the Revd James Smith, minister of Kilbirnie, Ayrshire. He was educated at Geneva with his brother, Sir Robert Dallas (1756–1824) (q.v.), later lord chief justice of the common pleas. The two men were among four co-heirs of the residuary estate of William Gemmell (q.v.).

1776-1788: in Bengal as a writer for the East India Company.

12 June 1788: married Catherine Margaret (died 1846), fourth daughter of Sir John Blackwood, baronet, and his wife, Dorcas, afterwards Baroness Dufferin and Claneboye; they had four sons and three daughters.

Wrote considerable number of pamphlets, including a vindication of Warren Hastings, on the French Revolution (to which he was very hostile), on Ireland (writing as an anti-Jacobin) etc.

Advocate of merchants in the Anglo-India trade and a more liberal system of commercial relations between Britain and India.

Frequently took part in debates at India House, where "his opinion had great influence".

Died in Brighton, 14 January 1833; buried in St Andrew's Church, Waterloo Street, Brighton, where there is a monument to his memory.

Father of Robert Charles Dallas [q.v.], who succeeded him as baronet.


G. F. R. Barker, ‘Dallas, Sir George, first baronet (1758–1833)’, rev. Rebecca Mills, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2004), online edn, May 2008, [accessed 31/10/2012].

R. G. Thorne (ed.), The House of Commons, 1790-1820 (5 vols., London, Secker & Warburg for the History of Parliament Trust, 1986), vol. 3.

Detailed contemporary obituary in The Annual Biography and Obituary (London, Longman, Orme, Rees, Brown, Green and Longman, 1834), Vol. 18, pp. 30-40.

Further Information

Name in compensation records
Sir George Dallas Bart.
Catherine Margaret Blackwood
3 daughters, 4 sons, including his youngest son, Robert Charles Dallas [q.v.] (who succeeded him in the baronetcy).
Lawyer (East India Company) and political writer

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£193 19s 2d
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Legacies Summary

Historical (9)

Thoughts upon our Present Situation, with Remarks upon the Policy of a War with... 1789 
Observations upon the Oath of Allegiance, as Prescribed by the Enrolling... 1797 
Letter from a Father to his Son, a United... 1797 
Letters to Lord Moira on the Political and Commercial State of... 1797 
Address to the People of Ireland on the Present Situation of Public... 1798 
Considerations on the impolicy of treating for peace with the present regicide government of... 1799 
Letter to Sir William Pulteney, bart., member for Shrewsbury, on the subject of the trade between India and... 1801 
Vindication of the justice and policy of the late wars carried on in Hindostan and the Dekkan by Marquis... 1806 
Letter from a Field Officer at Madras, in the Service of the East India Company, to a Member of the Board of Control, on the Conversion of the... 1813 

Imperial (1)

East India Company
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1776-1788: in Bengal as a writer for the East India...

Political (1)

Tory (Pittite) 
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Newport, Isle of Wight Hampshire
1800 - 1802
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Relationships (6)

Father → Son
Father → Daughter
Father → Daughter
Father-in-law → Son-in-law
Grandfather → Grandson