Elizabeth Eyre was the younger daughter of Charles Eyre of Clapham (1732-1794) by his first wife Hannah, daughter of John Briscoe of Goodhurst, Kent, whom he had married in 1771. Elizabeth's sister Maria married the M.P. Robert Thornton. Their brother George Eyre (b. 1772) was Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, Verderer of the New Forest, J.P. for Wiltshire and Hampshire, and High Sheriff of Wiltshire (1815). By his first wife Frances (d. 1820), daughter of Sir Edward Hulse, Bart., whom he married in 1803, he had George Edward (1804-1887), barrister and antiquary. George Edward Eyre's son George Edward Briscoe (b. 1840) was educated at Harrow and Balliol College, Oxford. He became J.P. for Hampshire and Wiltshire, and was elected Verderer of the New Forest in 1877.
Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.7961
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of two sets of correspondence, those of Elizabeth Eyre and George Edward Eyre. Elizabeth's papers include many lengthy letters from her brother George, and a similar number from her sister Maria. George Edward Eyre's correspondence includes a series of letters from his father advising him upon his studies at Oriel College, Oxford, and at Lincoln's Inn during the 1820s. There are also letters from his business partner William Spottiswoode during the 1840s and 1850s. The...
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