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Biography of Gervase Eyre (1669-1704)

Gervase was the son of Anthony Eyre Esq. of Rampton, Nottinghamshire by his second wife, and succeeded his father in 1671. He matriculated at Christ Church, Oxford, at the age of 14 in 1683. In 1686 he entered the Inner Temple.

He served as Deputy Lieutenant for Nottinghamshire from 1692, and High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire in 1696-1697, and sometimes was resident at Sandbeck in Yorkshire. He was elected as Tory M.P. for the county in 1698 but lost his seat in 1701. He was re-elected the following year.

His estates were inherited by his eldest son Anthony.


He married in 1687 Catherine (d 1704), daughter of Sir Henry Cooke, 2nd Baronet, of Wheatley, and had:

  • Anthony (c.1691-1748)
  • Henry (b 1693), of Rowter, Derbyshire, m. Elizabeth Hickham and had:
    • Anne (c.1717-1805), m Clothworthy Skeffington, 1st Earl of Massareene
  • George (1695-1761), Captain in the Royal Horse Guards, no issue
  • Gervase (c.1697-1741)
  • Charles (1700-1763), M.D., of Doncaster, m Elizabeth Fountaine and had:
    • Anthony Fountaine Eyre (d 1794), perpetual curate of Barnburgh 1771-94, vicar of Pocklington and Kildwick Percy 1776-94, and Canon of York. Married twice and had issue.
  • Honor
  • Susanna (d 1766)
  • Elizabeth (1688-1761)
  • Dorothy (1690-1698)
  • Catherine (1692-1723), memorial at Youlgreave, Derbyshire
  • Dorothy (c.1700-1719), memorial at Youlgreave, Derbyshire
  • Diana (c.1702-1763)

Archive Collections

  • No archive collections relating to Gervase Eyre have yet been identified.

Published Sources

  • Cruikshanks, Eveline, Handley, Stuart, and Hayton, D.W. (eds), 'Gervase Eyre', in The House of Commons, 1690-1715. (Cambridge: Published for the History of Parliament Trust by Cambridge University Press, 1983)


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