William Eyre, Ballyduff, and Arklow

I am hoping someone can help with some information I am trying to locate. The will of Captain William Eyre, 44th Regiment, 2 April 1755, contains the following: “I bequeath to my half sister Elizabeth Eyre all my interest in the town and lands of [Ballyduff] in the Barony of Arklow in the county of Wicklow ….”

Can you refer me to any records or sources that might provide information about this land holding and/or about William Eyre. He later became a Lieutenant Colonel and served as the Chief Royal Engineer in North America. Sadly, he was drowned in November 1764 while returning to the British Isles. I do not know if he was originally from County Wicklow but, if so, he might be buried there. He obviously had a connection in the area. The executor of his will was Colonel Thomas Eyre, esq, Surveyor General and Engineer General of Ireland. Possibly there are descendants of his still in the area.

Thank you so much for any assistance or guidance you can provide.


Ohio, U.S.A.

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  • Thank you, Maura. I will try to find out if there is a connection there. One problem in researching him is that there were many men named William Eyre in Ireland and England. Then there is the name variation issue I always encounter. I have seen his name listed as Eyres, Ayre, Ayres, Aire, Aires, and several others.

    Thanks again

    By James Ciborski (14/05/2021)
  • There are some records for William Eyre on findmypast.ie which might match.

    By Maura Murphy Gibson (04/05/2021)

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