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Eyrecourt and Eyreville branches of the Eyre Family

 

When Cromwell's army turned towards Ireland to put down the Great Rebellion part of his army was a cavalry regiment which came from Wiltshire and Giles EYRE (bap.1600) was a young officer in that service. As a result of the campaign grants of estate saw the development of Eyrecourt in county Galway. This was to remain in the Eyre family until around 1894.

This branch includes a high proprtion of indivuduals who are well documented for differening reasons, from being written about in books on eccentrics through to a particular concentration descended from John and Eleanor Maria Eyre whose descendants;

- married the chairman of Imperial Continental Gas (now Calor Gas) who along with his brother inherited and absurdly large fortune in the 1860 estimated to be 100m.
- became Field Marshall Auchinleck (head of) the UK army.
- married the Managing Director of Guinness who was instrumental in the creation of the Guinness Book of Records.
- married the founder of Household Financial in the USA and inheriting a controlling interest in what became HSBC before marrying a Spanish Marques and having two children. One of these children competed in the Grand National, 1956 Winter Olympics Bob Sleigh, drove for Ferrari in F1, married a showgirl and had an affair and bigamously married a supermodel fathering three children between them before filing for divorce from his first wife before dying in a motor racing accident that put an end to the Mille Miglia motor race. All this by age 28.

 

 

 

 

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