Sir James EYRE

Father: 18th._Century EYRES


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!SOURCE: Mary Elizabeth Frances Richardson-Eyre, A HISTORY OF THE WILTSHIRE FAMILY OF EYRE, Mitchell and Hughes, London, 1897, p. 23. [Taken from Edward Foss's JUDGES OF ENGLAND, 1864. "Justices King's Bench 1689, reign of William III.] Sir James Eyre, M.A. June 15th, 1759, Merton College, Oxford, succeeded to the Bench November 6th, 1772 (born no doubt of the eldest Branch of the Family,* though his name does not appear in the Pedigree). He entered upon the profession of Law as one of the four City Counsel, and was appointed Deputy Recorder in 1772, and became Recorder of London. In that important office he conducted himself with courage and dtermination; when the turbulent citizens espoused the cause of Wilkes the Demagogue, he demurred, and finally refused to act, when they sent a deputation to remonstrate with the Crown. Every insult was heaped upon him, but he had his reward, for on November 6th, 1772, he was elevated to the ermine of the Bench; on January 26th, 1787; he was appointed Chief Baron of the Exchequer Court; on June 15th, 1792, he took his seat as Privy Councillor, and acted as Chief Commissioner of the Great Seal, and on February 7th, 1793, became Lord Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas, and in that office presided at the State Trials in London in 1794. He died at Ruscombe, Berks, 1799. *The eldest branch is believed to be the Eyres of St. John's Wood.


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