The General Eyre, which probably dates from the reign of Henry I and is believed to derive its name from the Latin iter, was a commission issued by the king to officials of the curia regis, who travelled round the kingdom every few years. The powers given to the justices under the Commission of the General Eyre were extremely wide. Although not at first oppressive, the General Eyre became unpopular and in the 14th cent. faded away.
Subjects: British History.