Who were the Nuns?

A Prosopographical study of the English Convents in exile 1600-1800

Jump to menu

Details

Ursula Eyre, in religion Viviana.
Died: 1696-1700 in Ghent.

father: Roland Eyre of Hassop, Derbys
mother: Anne Smith of Ashby Folville, Leics

Benedictines, Ghent choir nun.
She left May 1662 to help found another convent.

Benedictines, Dunkirk choir nun.
She joined May 1662 as a founder member.
She left May 1665 to help found another convent.

Benedictines, Ypres choir nun.
She joined 22 May 1665 as a founder member.
She left by 1695 to return to her former convent.

Benedictines, Ghent choir nun.

She professed 29 Nov 1659, aged 39. Her dowry was £400.

Guardrobe in 1696 , Ghent

She was the sister of Dorothy Eyre.
She was the cousin of Aurelia Thwaytes, Lucy Thwaytes, Alethea Anderton, Elizabeth Smith, Mary Smyth, Francisca Smith, Elizabeth Anderton.
She was the aunt of Frances Blundell, Margarett Blundell, Ann Blundell, Mary Blundell, Winefride Blundell.
She was the niece of Elisabeth Smythe, Frances Smith.
She was the great niece of Ursula Smith.

Sources: Dunkirk History: 23; Ghent Annals: 37, 39, 41, 50; RAG 2773/3; Nolan: 39.

Family tree (Eyre)
Family tree (Smith Carington)

Notes:

Her sister Mary tried out at Ghent, receiving the scholar's habit before returning home to Hassop. She later married a Blundell: see Rec Hist Vol 8 1955-6 p56.

Parents from family tree in Rec Hist Vol 9