Thomas Campbell Eyton

Thomas Campbell Eyton.

Thomas Campbell Eyton JP, DL (10 September 1809 – 25 October 1880) was an English naturalist whose fields were cattle, fishes and birds. He was a friend and correspondent of Charles Darwin though he opposed his theories.[1]

Eyton was born at Eyton Hall, near Wellington, Shropshire. He studied at St John's College, Cambridge,[2] where he was a contemporary and friend of Charles Darwin. After succeeding to the estate in 1855 Eyton built a large natural history museum at Eyton Hall.

Eyton published History of the Rarer British Birds (1836), A Monograph on the Anatidae, Or Duck Tribe (1838), A History of Oyster and Oyster Fisheries (1858) and Osteologia Avium (1871–78). He established in about 1842 the "Herd Book of Hereford Cattle", which he edited until 1860[2]

Eyton was married in 1835 to Eizabeth Frances Slaney, the eldest daughter and co-heiress of Robert Aglionby Slaney MP. She pre-deceased him by ten years.[3]

He was a Justice of the Peace (JP) and a Deputy Lieutenant of Shropshire.[3] He served in the South Salopian Yeomanry Cavalry, entering as cornet in 1830, and promoted lieutenant in 1838.[4]


  1. Darwin, Charles; Gillian Beer (1998). The Origin of Species. Oxford University Press. p. 400. ISBN 0-19-283438-X. Retrieved 2008-05-24.
  2. 1 2 "Eyton, Thomas Campbell (ETN827TC)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  3. 1 2 "Obituary: Thomas Campbell Eyton". The Times. London. 29 October 1880. pp. 6, col A.
  4. Gladstone, E.W. (1953). The Shropshire Yeomanry 1795-1945, The Story of a Volunteer Cavalry Regiment. The Whitethorn Press. p. 38,42.
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