Robert William Eyton

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Robert William Eyton (21 December 1815 – 8 September 1881) was an English Church of England clergyman who was author of The Antiquities of Shropshire.

Life and career[edit]

Robert William Eyton was born in 1815. He was the son of Reverend John Eyton. He lived part of his childhood at Tong, Shropshire and was educated at Bridgnorth Grammar School[1] and Rugby School under Thomas Arnold, then went up to Christ Church, Oxford.

Ordained priest in 1839, he went on to become the Rector at Ryton, Shropshire, where he served for 22 years.[1]

He married Mary Watts in 1839. Eyton died on 8 September 1881.[2] His son Robert Eyton became a Canon of Westminster in 1895.

Eyton is remembered as author of The Antiquities of Shropshire, researched during his time at Ryton and published, at a rate of about two large volumes annually, from 1854.[1]

Antiquities of Shropshire[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Dickins, Gordon (1987). An Illustrated Literary Guide to Shropshire. Shropshire Libraries. p. 28. ISBN 0-903802-37-6.
  2. ^ "Reverend Robert William Eyton". The Peerage. 18 April 2006.

Harrison, Robert (1889). "Eyton, Robert William" . In Stephen, Leslie (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography. 18. London: Smith, Elder & Co.

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