EYLES, Francis (c.1704-50), of Soho Sq., London, and Earnshill, nr. Taunton, Som.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1727 - July 1742

Family and Education

b. c.1704, 1st s. of John Eyles of Southbroom, Wilts. (e. bro. of Francis Eyles) by Mary, da. of John Eyles of Chalford, Glos. suc. uncle Francis Eyles 1735.

Offices Held

Cornet 4 Drags. 1723, Lt. 1726, capt. bef. 1731; commr. for victualling the navy 1734-42; superintendent of the King’s foundries 1742-d.


Returned for Devizes on the Eyles interest Eyles became a member of the gaols committee of the House of Commons and a trustee for Georgia, voting with the Government. Described by the 1st Lord Egmont as one of Walpole’s ‘creatures’,1 he obtained a place worth £500 a year.2 In 1734 he appears to have also stood unsuccessfully for Calne. After Walpole’s fall he gave up his seat to George Lee, exchanging his place for a sinecure appointment. He died 21 Sept. 1750.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Romney R. Sedgwick


  • 1. HMC Egmont Diary, iii. 168.
  • 2. Gent. Mag. 1739, p. 305.