Name: Giles Eyre
Burial: 16 JAN 1655 1
Residence: Brickworth, Whiteparish, Wiltshire
Baptism: 27 FEB 1572 St. Thomas, Salisbury, Wiltshire 2
Occupation: Sheriff [of Wilts] 1640 3
MEM: Whiteparish Church, Wilts: Tablet
Change Date: 16 NOV 2010
Giles Eyre, the second son mentioned above, was the founder of the Brickworth and Irish branches of the family. He was born in 1572, and was High Sheriff for Wilts in 1640. He was a very strong supporter of the Parliamentarian Party, and suffered on account of his opinions. He himself and three of his sons were members of the council of Oliver Cromwell, amid two of them, John and Edward Eyre, accompanied the Cromwellian, General Ludlow, to Ireland, and founded there, the family of the Irish Eyres.
Giles Eyre built the Mansion House of Brickworth, in the parish of Whiteparish.
Close by the west door of Whiteparish Church is a tablet to his memory, with this inscription:
"Buried here Giles Eyre Esq. and Jane his wife. A man much oppressed by public power for his laudable opposition to the measures taken in the reigns of James and Charles I.
"In the year 1640 (for then well known Court reasons), he was . . . was afterwards plundered at Brickworth by the King?s soldiers of £2,000 value, and imprisoned for refusing to pay the sum of £400 illegally demanded of him by two instruments under the Privy SeaI, bearing date at Oxford, 14th Feb. 1643. He was baptized 1572, died Jan1655, having issue seven sons (three of whom were likewise members of Parliament), and four daughters."
Over the vestry in Whiteparish church hangs an Esquire?s helmet, surmounted by leg coupée, the Eyre crest.
The times in which Giles Eyre lived were very troublesome ones, and split up families into two parties. We find that the senior branch of the family, the Eyres of Chalfield, were strong loyalists, and fought for the King.
The opinions of Giles made him very obnoxious to many of his neighbours, amongst whom the ancient and courtly family of St. Barbe, of Cowsfield Loveries, in Whiteparish. Edward St. Barbe, by his will, proved in 1643, left his property to his son Edward on condition that he would not intermarry with the daughter of Giles Eyre, Esq., of Brickworth. This condition was observed by Edward St. Barbe, but the Fates in the course of time had their revenge, as in the 19th century, Charles St. Barbe married Mary Foster, dr. of the Rev. Thomas Foster, of Ryhall, Rutland, who was descended through the Eyres of Ashley from Thomas Eyre, the father of Giles Eyre.
Giles Eyre m. 1603, Jane Snelgrove, dr. and heiress of Ambrose Snelgrove, of Redlynch, and left issue.
Funeral Entry, Ulster's Office 13th June, 1685
"John Eyre of Eyrecourt, Privy Councillor for Ireland, 7th son of Giles Eyre of Brickworth, Co. Wilts (descended from the noble and ancient house of Hassop in Derbyshire in England), who married Jane, daughter and sole heiress of Ambrose Snelgrove of Radlinch in Wilts. And had 10 sons and 5 daughters, whereof a son and a daughter died unmarried and the first were honourable matched."
Sir John Dauntsey rebuilt Landford Manor House in c.1600. In 1627/8 the manor was conveyed to Giles Eyre of Brickworth in Whiteparish and the Eyre family and their descendants resided at the manor.
Landford is sandwiched between Whiteparish and Redlynch.
Father: Thomas Eyre
Mother: Elizabeth Rogers b: 1549 in Poole, Dorset
Jane and Anne Snelgrove
- John Eyre b: 22 FEB 1623 in Brickworth, Wilts, England
- Type: Web Site
Title: Stirnet Genealogy
Author: Patrick Barns-Graham
- Type: Web Site
Title: LDS Ancestral file
- Type: Book
Periodical: Burkes Landed Gentry of Ireland
- Text: A SHORT ACCOUNT of THE FAMILY of EYRE OF EYRECOURT and . . . EYRE OF EYREVILLE in THE COUNTY OF GALWAY.
For Private and Family Circulation only.
BY REV. ALLEN STEWART HARTIGAN, M.A., TRINITY COLLEGE, DUBLIN.