Ralph Eure, 3rd Baron Eure

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Ralph Eure, 3rd Baron Eure (24 September 1558 – 1 April 1617), of Ingleby and Malton, Yorkshire, was an English nobleman and politician. The surname, also given as Evers, was at that time probably pronounced "Ewry".[1]


He was the son of William Eure, 2nd Baron Eure.[2]

Eure matriculated at St John's College, Cambridge in 1568, and was admitted at Gray's Inn in 1575.[3][4] He was a Member (MP) of the Parliament of England for Yorkshire 1584.[5] He succeeded to the title in 1594 (N.S.), and served on the Council of Wales and the Marches.[6]

Eure served as Warden of the Middle March from 1586[7] to 1588 and again in 1595, a troubled position. He came into conflict with Thomas Scrope, 10th Baron Scrope of Bolton, Warden of the West March, siding with Thomas Carleton over the Kinmont Willie affair.[8] In another quarrel, he allegedly tried to poison John Browne, following an attack on Browne by his servants, and the loss of his position in 1598.[9] In the case of Thomas Posthumous Hoby, whose house had been made the scene of rowdy and threatening behaviour by Eure's son William and others in 1600, Eure's position as Vice-president of the Council of the North came into play. Hoby sought and received some redress through the Star Chamber. This was after Eure had suggested duelling as the manly way.[10][11]

In 1602 Eure led a diplomatic mission to Bremen. With Daniel Donne and Sir John Herbert he met Danish representatives there, on commercial matters concerned with the law of the sea. He took Thomas Morton with him as chaplain, in addition to Richard Crakanthorpe. The mission ended with the death of the queen in 1603.[12][13][14]

Eure became the President of the Council of Wales and the Marches in 1607, a position based at Ludlow Castle in Shropshire.[6] His time as President was marked by a campaign from Sir Herbert Croft to remove the council's jurisdiction over a number of English counties.[15] He died on 1 April 1617 aged 58, and was buried at Ludlow's St Laurence's Church, where his first wife was already buried.[16]


Eure married first, by 1578, Mary, daughter of Sir John Dawnay (of Sessay), of Sessay, Yorkshire, who was MP for Thirsk. William Eure, 4th Baron Eure was his son by this marriage.[17][18] Mary died in March 1612 and was buried at Ludlow, where a tomb effigy was erected in St Laurence's Church.[16]

He married, secondly, Elizabeth Spencer,[2] widow of George Carey, 2nd Baron Hunsdon. She survived him, dying early in 1618, and was buried with her first husband in Westminster Abbey.[16]


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  2. ^ a b thepeerage.com, Ralph Eure, 3rd Lord Eure
  3. ^ "Evers, Sir Ralph (EVRS568R)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
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  7. ^ The Complete Peerage, Volume V. St Catherine's Press. 1926. p. 181. 
  8. ^ Carleton, Thomas, of Carleton, Cumb.
  9. ^ Browne, John, of Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumb.
  10. ^ Hoby, Thomas Posthumous (1566-1640), of Hackness, Yorks.
  11. ^ Felicity Heal; Clive Holmes (1994). The Gentry in England and Wales, 1500-1700. Stanford University Press. p. 5. ISBN 978-0-8047-2448-7. Retrieved 30 December 2012. 
  12. ^ Houlbrooke, Ralph. "Dun, Sir Daniel". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/7817.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  13. ^ Quintrell, Brian. "Morton, Thomas". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/19373.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  14. ^ William Hutchinson (1817). The History and Antiquities of the County Palatine of Durham. G. Walker. p. 613. Retrieved 30 December 2012. 
  15. ^ Rees, David Daniel. "Croft, Sir Herbert". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/70628.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
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  17. ^ Arthur Collins; Sir Egerton Brydges (1812). Peerage of England: Genealogical, Biographical, and Historical. Greatly Augmented and Continued to the Present Time. F. C. and J. Rivington, Otridge and Son, J. Nichols and Company. pp. 455–6. Retrieved 30 December 2012. 
  18. ^ historyofparliamentonline.org, Dawney, John (1536-98), of Sessay, Yorks.