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  • ID: I2759
  • Name: John Eyre
  • Suffix: 1st Baron Eyre
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1720
  • Note: From bapt date
  • Death: 30 SEP 1781 in Eyrecourt, Galway, co Galway
  • Residence: Eyrecourt, Galway, co Galway
  • Baptism: 1720 Cork
  • Occupation: ?Uncurious and uncommunicative?
  • Education: Trinity College Dublin
  • Note: 1 1 2

    The Barony became extinct on his death.
    Richard Cumberland wrote of Lord Eyre in the 1770?s
    "On this visit to Mr. Talbot I was accompanied by Lord Eyre of Eyrecourt, a neighbour and friend of my father. This noble lord, though pretty far advanced in years, was so correctly indigenous as never to have been out of Ireland in his life, and not often so far from Eyrecourt, as on this tour to Mr. Talbot?s. Proprietor of a vast extent of soil, not very productive, and inhabiting a spacious mansion, not in the best repair, he lived according to the style of the country, with more hospitality than elegance, and whilst his table groaned with abundance, the order and good taste of its arrangements were little thought of the slaughtered ox was hung up whole, and the hungry servitor supplied himself with his dole of flesh sliced from off the carcase.
    His lordship?s day was so apportioned as to give the afternoon much the largest share of it. During which from an early dinner to the hour of rest he never left his chair nor did the claret ever quit the table. This did not produce inebrity, for it was sipping rather than drinking that filled up the time, and this mechanical process of gradually moistening the human clay was carried out with very little aid from conversation, for his lordship?s companions were not very communicative, and fortunately not very curious.
    His lordship was not very curious. He had no books and not one of the windows of his castle was made to open, but luckily he had no liking for fresh air. For sport he would organise a cock fight in the hall. From supper till morning he would drink rum shrub to keep down the claret."
    With the death of Lord Eyre without male issue the title expired, whilst Eyrecourt and the representation of the family passed on to his nephew Giles, son of John?s brother Richard Eyre.
    The following seems to confirm the ?Short History of Eyre of Eyrecourt? in saying that John, 1st Baron,?s father Dean Giles was the son of John, son of Mary Eyre nee Preston, rather than being her [Mary Preston?s] son (although in fact it seems to say that Giles was her great grandson, not her grandson as I have it):
    ?This indenture made the 7th day of October in the year of Our Lord 1771 between Sir William Parsons of Woodfield in the Kings County Baronet eldest son and heir at law of Sir Laurence Parsons deceased who was great grandson and heir at law of Elizabeth Parsons otherwise Preston one of the daughters and coheirs at law of Sir George Preston Knight deceased and the Right Honorable John Lord Eyre eldest son and heir at law of the Reverend Dean Giles Esqr who was great grandson and heir at law of Mary Eyre otherwise Preston who was the other daughter and coheir of the said Sir George Preston deceased on the one part...?
    (Deed of sale and conveyance of fisheries from Sir William Parsons and Lord Eyre, heirs of Sir George Preston, to Eyre Evans Powell, 7 Nov 1771
    Limerick Museum)
    Created baron 16 Jul 1768.
    The colonel Eyre whom Wesley alludes to in his Journal.
  • _UID: 92F8D8A2CBD2475DB78E7FCDC71E042FEE89
  • Change Date: 11 MAR 2010

    Father: Giles Eyre b: 1689
    Mother: Mary Cox

    Marriage 1 Eleanor Staunton
    • Married: 12 MAY 1746 in St. Nicholas, Galway, Ireland 3
    1. Has Children Mary Eyre b: ABT 1749

      For Private and Family Circulation only.
    2. Type: Book
      Periodical: Signpost to Eyrecourt
      Author: Ida Gantz
      Date: 1975
    3. Text: IGI
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