George Eure, 7th Baron Eure

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George Eure, 7th Baron Eure (–1672)[1][nb 1] was a Parliamentary supporter during the English Civil War and was the only peer created before the Interregnum to sit in Cromwell's Upper House. [2]

Lord George inherited the title from his cousin William Eure, 6th Baron Eure, a colonel in the Royalist army who died fighting at the Battle of Marston Moor.[3]

Mark Noble suggests that as Lord George was not wealthy, he chose the side which was evidently the most powerful. Though he was a peer of the realm, he did not think it beneath him, to sit in the house of commons, as a member for Yorkshire, he accepted a nomination to the Barebones Parliament called by Oliver Cromwell in 1653, and was elected to parliament for the East Riding of that county in the First Protectorate Parliament 1654, and he was elected in 1656 as an MP to the North Riding for the Second Protectorate Parliament. Cromwell, therefore, could not do less than place Eure in his house of lords; he long survived the restoration, and sat in the restored House of Lords.[4]

George Eure died a bachelor in 1672; and was succeeded by his brother Ralph, lord Eure, who joined with the Duke of Monmouth, and others, in petitioning Charles II against the Roman Catholics in, 1680-1; and, Mark Noble thought, was one of those who had the courage to present James Duke of York, as a popish recusant. With Ralph's death, without issue, in 1690, the title became extinct. Another of the brothers was Samual Eure, esq. a colonel in the royal army, and a compounder upon that account for his estate.[4]

A relation of theirs was Isaac Eure (Ewer), esq. who was colonel in the parliamentary army, and was sent to conduct King Charles I from the Isle of Wight to Hurst Castle, named one of the commissioners to sit in judgment upon his sovereign, which he did, and signed the warrant for his execution; was one of those who were sent, in 1649 to Ireland. Happily for himself, he died before the restoration, but at that time his estates were confiscated.[4]

Notes[edit]

Footnotes
  1. ^ There is some disagreement if George was the 6th or 7th Baron. For example John Burke states he was the 7th baron while Charles Firth states he was the 6th (Burke 1831, p. 109, Firth 1974, p. 250).
Citations
  1. ^ Date of death (Noble 1787, p. 381)
  2. ^ Walford 1860, p. 222.
  3. ^ Burke 1831, p. 190.
  4. ^ a b c Noble 1787, p. 381.

References[edit]

  • Burke, John (1831). A general and heraldic dictionary of the peerages of England, Ireland, and Scotland, extinct, dormant, and in abeyance. England. Henry Colburn & Richard Bentley. p. 190. 
  • Firth, Charles Harding (1974). The House of Lords during the Civil War. Taylor & Francis. p. 250. ISBN 978-0-416-80960-2. 
  • Walford, W. S. (1860). "Notice of the Roll of Arms belonging to Wilkinson Mathews esq. Q.C.". British Archaeological Association. Central Committee, Archaeological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland. Central Committee, Royal Archaeological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland. Council, Royal Archaeological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, Royal Archaeological Institute (Great Britain), Longman, Rrown,(sic) Green, and Longman. 17: 218–223. 
Attribution

This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Noble, Mark (1787). Memoirs of the protectoral-house of Cromwell;: deduced from an early period, and continued down to the present time ... collected chiefly from original papers and records ... together with an appendix ... Embellished with elegant engravings. 1. G. G. J. and J. Robinson (Paternoster-Row, London, England). p. 381.