Francis Vernon, 1st Earl of Shipbrook

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Francis Vernon, 1st Earl of Shipbrook (1715 – 15 October 1783), known as The Lord Orwell between 1762 and 1776 and as The Viscount Orwell between 1776 and 1777, was an English politician.

Vernon was the son of James Vernon by his second wife Arethusa, daughter of Charles Boyle, Lord Clifford. James Vernon and Edward Vernon were his elder half-brothers. Vernon sat as Member of Parliament for Ipswich from 1762 to 1768.[1] In 1762 he was raised to the Peerage of Ireland as Baron Orwell, of Newry in the County of Down.[2] He was further honoured when he was made Viscount Orwell in 1776[3] and Earl of Shipbrooke in 1777,[4] also in the Irish peerage.

Alice, Countess of Shipbrook. (Francis Cotes)

He married Alice, daughter of Samuel Ibbetson of Denton Hall, Wharfedale, Yorkshire.[5] Their son, Francis (1752–1760) died early.[6]

Lord Shipbrooke died in October 1783 when all the titles became extinct.


  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "I" (part 1)
  2. ^ "No. 10194". The London Gazette. 25 March 1762. p. 2.
  3. ^ "No. 11679". The London Gazette. 2 July 1776. p. 1.
  4. ^ "No. 11739". The London Gazette. 28 January 1777. p. 1.
  5. ^
  6. ^ Catalogue note for the painting Alice, Countess of Shipbrook by Francis Cotes
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
George Montgomerie
Thomas Staunton
Member of Parliament for Ipswich
With: Thomas Staunton
Succeeded by
William Wollaston
Thomas Staunton
Peerage of Ireland
New creation Earl of Shipbrook
Viscount Orwell
Baron Orwell