Biography of Anthony Hardolph Eyre (1757-1836)
Anthony was the eldest son of Anthony Eyre
Esq. of Grove. He was educated at Harrow School.
In 1776 he was commissioned as an Ensign in the 1st Foot Guards. He rose to become captain in 1778, and Lieutenant-Colonel in 1787. He succeeded his father in 1788 and retired from the army in 1790.
He was Lieutenant-Colonel Commandant of the Nottinghamshire Yeomanry in 1794, and Captain Commandant of the Retford Volunteers in 1803. In the same year he was elected as M.P. for the county of Nottinghamshire.
He retired in 1812 and devoted himself to county affairs, serving as a Justice of the Peace for many years. His only son died in 1811, and his estates were divided after his death between his younger daughters Frances Julia Harcourt Vernon (whose husband inherited Grove and Headon), and Henrietta Eyre (whose husband's brother inherited Rampton).
He married in 1783 Francisca Alicia (d 1810), 3rd daughter of Richard Wilbraham Bootle Esq. of Latham Hall, Lancashire, and had:
- Gervase Anthony (1791-1811), of the 1st Regiment Foot Guards, killed at the Battle of Barossa
- Mary Laetitia (1784-1860) m in 1804 Charles Herbert Pierrepont, 2nd Earl Manvers
- Frances Julia (d 1844), m in 1814 Granville Harcourt Vernon (1792-1879), who inherited the manors of Grove and Headon
- Henrietta, m 1stly her cousin John Hardolph Eyre (1792-1817), son of John Eyre, Archdeacon of York. The manor of Rampton was inherited by John Hardolph Eyre's brother Charles Wasteneys Eyre in 1835. Henrietta m 2ndly Henry Gally Knight, M.P. (1786-1846)
- Papers relating to Anthony Hardolph Eyre's ownership of his estates are part of the Eyre collection held in Manuscripts and Special Collections at the University of Nottingham
- A number of letters and title deeds relating to Anthony Hardolph Eyre are held in the Newcastle and Portland collections in Manuscripts and Special Collections at the University of Nottingham. See all catalogue records.
- There are also many letters and title deeds relating to Henry Gally Knight in the Newcastle and Portland collections in Manuscripts and Special Collections at the University of Nottingham. See all catalogue records.
- Thorne, R.G. (ed). 'Anthony Hardolph Eyre', in The House of Commons, 1790-1820 (London: Published for the History of Parliament Trust by Secker & Warburg, 1986)