Manuscripts and Special Collections

Biography of Anthony Eyre (c.1691-1748)



Anthony was the eldest surviving son of Gervase Eyre Esq. of Rampton, Nottinghamshire, and succeeded his father in 1704.


Anthony pulled down the old family manor house at Rampton, and moved to the family's other residence at Laughton en le Morthen, south Yorkshire. He also bought an estate at Adwick le Street near Doncaster from his uncle, Sir George Cooke, in 1733, and lived there until his death. He was buried at Laughton.


He served as High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire in 1729. 


He married in 1717 Margaret (d 1748), daughter of Charles Turner Esq. of Kirk Leatham, Yorkshire, and had:

  • Gervase (1720-1741)
  • Anthony (1727-1788)
  • Margaret (b 1719), m in 1742 Bache Thornhill Esq.
  • Katherine (1721-1803), m in 1758 Matthew Dodsworth Esq. (d 1804)
  • Elizabeth (b 1722), m - Chambers
  • Diana (b 1723), unmarried
  • Mary (b 1726), m in 1752 Anthony Cooke

Archive Collections

  • Papers relating to Anthony Eyre's ownership of his estates are part of the Eyre collection held in Manuscripts and Special Collections at the University of Nottingham


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