Holroyd was born in 1735 in Ireland, and died at Sheffield Place, East Sussex on 30 May 1821; he was buried in Fletching church. He was the second son of Isaac Holroyd and his wife, Dorothy Penn. Holroyd entered the army in 1760 and became a captain in the Royal Foresters; the regiment was disbanded in 1763. Between 1763 and 1766 Holroyd travelled in Europe, and in 1768 he succeeded to the estates of his mother's family and assumed the name of Baker; the following year he purchased the estate of Sheffield Place. Holroyd was married three times. In 1767 he married Abigail Way of Richmond, Surrey, who died in 1793. They had a son who died Young, and two daughters. On 26 December 1794 he married Lucy, daughter of the first Earl of Chichester, who died in 1795; finally, on 9 January 1798, he married Anne, daughter of the second Earl of Guilford. They had one son and a daughter.
From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.