EYLES, Francis (c.1679-1735), of Essex St., London, and Earnshill, nr. Taunton, Som.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
Available from Boydell and Brewer

Constituency

Dates

1715 - 28 Jan. 1721

Family and Education

b. c.1679, 2nd s. of Sir John Eyles of Southbroom, Wilts., M.P. Devizes 1679-81, by his w. Elizabeth Cowper; 1st cos. of Sir John and Sir Joseph Eyles. m. s.p.s.1

Offices Held

Director, South Sea Co. 1715-21.

Biography

Eyles was the son of a lord mayor of London, who owned estates near Devizes, which the family represented in every Parliament from 1715 to 1741. Returned for Devizes as a Whig, he voted with the Government except on the peerage bill, on which he abstained. As a director of the South Sea Company he was expelled from the House after the collapse of the scheme and was included in the bill confiscating the estates of the chief culprits for the relief of their victims. He petitioned the Commons for lenient treatment on the ground that

he was no ways concerned in promoting the scheme upon which the Act passed ... nor was ever at any meeting of the directo