Eyre Massy (1719 - 1804)

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About Eyre Massy

He fought in the Battle of Culloden in 1746, where he was wounded.

He fought in the Capture of Havannah, at the head of the Grenadiers, and was wounded.

He fought in the Capture of Martinique.

He was Colonel of the 27th Foot (Enniskillen Regiment) between 1773 and 1804.

He fought in the Battle of Niagara.1 He gained the rank of Major-General in 1777.

He gained the rank of Lieutenant-General in 1782.

He held the office of Member of Parliament (M.P.) for Swords between 1790 and 1797.

He gained the rank of General in 1796.

He held the office of Governor of Limerick between 1797 and 1804.

He was created 1st Baron Clarina of Elm Park, co. Limerick [Ireland] on 28 December 1800.

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Eyre Massey, 1st Baron Clarina of Elm Park Eyre Massey, sixth son of Colonel Hugh Massy (Hugh III) and younger brother of the 1st Baron Massy of Duntrileague, was born on 24th May, 1719. He had a very distinguished military career. Having purchased a commission in the 27th Foot (the Enniskillings) he was promoted to Lieutenant in the Grenadiers and saw action in the War of Austrian Succession (1740-48) and in the Seven Years War (1756-63). In 1739 he was with the expeditionary forces that captured Portobello in Panama. Returning to England he was wounded at the battle of Culloden. He was promoted to Captain in 1751 and Major in 1755 and in 1759 he was with the British Army under General Wolfe that invaded Canada and captured Quebec. Eyre returned to Ireland in 1769 and was promoted to Major General in 1776. For the next four years he commanded the British troops at Halifax, Nova Scotia. He returned, finally, to Ireland in 1794 and was made a full General in 1796 at the age of 77. After a period as Governor of Limerick and Governor of the Royal Hospital at Kilmainham in Dublin, he was created Marshall of the Army in Ireland, which position he held until his death in 1804. Eyre Massey sat in the Irish Parliament from 1790 to 1797 and was created a Baron in December 1800, as Lord Clarina of Elm Park. The Clarina title was what is known as a Union Peerage in that it was granted in return for support for the Act of Union in the Irish House of Commons. Aparticular feature of the Clarinas is that they re-inserted an ‘e’ into their surname (i.e. Massey), to distinguish their lineage from the Massys of Duntrileague. In 1804, at the age of 85, Eyre Massey set off to take the waters at Bath and died there on May 17th. His wife Catherine died in 1815 and they are both buried in Bath Abbey. Eyre’s grandson, also named Eyre, the third Lord Clarina, married Susan Barton. Susan’s great-nephew was Erskine Childers (1870- 1922) who was executed during the Irish Civil War. Childer’s son, also Erskine, was President of Ireland in 1973/74. The Clarina title became extinct in 1952 with the death of Eyre Nathaniel Massey, 6th Baron Clarina, who died without male issue.

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General Eyre Massey, 1st Baron Clarina of Elm Park's Timeline

1719
May 24, 1719
1773
May 23, 1773
Age 53
1804
May 17, 1804
Age 84
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