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Earl of Portmore
1656 – 2 January 1730
The Earl of Portmore
Place of death Weybridge, Surrey
Resting place Weybridge, Surrey
Allegiance United Kingdom Kingdom of Great Britain
Service/branch British Army
Rank General
Battles/wars Nine Years' War
War of the Spanish Succession

General David Colyear, 1st Earl of Portmore KT PC (c. 1656–2 January 1730) was a Scottish general and Governor of Gibraltar

Military career

Colyear was commissioned into the Army of William of Orange in 1674.[1] He served in most of William's Irish campaigns and in 1691 became Governor of Limerick.[1] For his service in Ireland he was created Lord Portmore in 1699.[1]

He took part in the War of Spanish Succession and participated in the Battle of Cádiz in 1702 and the Battle of Vigo Bay later that year.[1] He was further created Earl of Portmore, Viscount Milsington and Lord Colyear in 1703.[1] He was elevated to the Privy Council and created a Knight of the Thistle in 1712.[1]


He married Catherine Sedley, Countess of Dorchester, former mistress of James II.[1] They had two sons:

  1. David Colyear, Viscount Milsington (b 1698, dvpsps 1728-9)
  2. Charles Colyear, 2nd Earl of Portmore


Government offices
Preceded by
Thomas Stanwix
Governor of Gibraltar
Succeeded by
Richard Kane


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