Francis Vernon, 1st Earl of Shipbrook
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. In 1762 he was raised to the Peerage of Ireland as Baron Orwell, of Newry in the County of Down. He was further honoured when he was made Viscount Orwell in 1776 and Earl of Shipbrooke in 1777, also in the Irish peerage.
Lord Shipbrooke died in October 1783 when all the titles became extinct.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "I" (part 1)
- "No. 10194". The London Gazette. 25 March 1762. p. 2.
- "No. 11679". The London Gazette. 2 July 1776. p. 1.
- "No. 11739". The London Gazette. 28 January 1777. p. 1.
- thePeerage.com http://www.thepeerage.com/p47359.htm#i473585
- Catalogue note for the painting Alice, Countess of Shipbrook by Francis Cotes
|Parliament of Great Britain|
| Member of Parliament for Ipswich
With: Thomas Staunton
|Peerage of Ireland|
|New creation|| Earl of Shipbrook
| Viscount Orwell|
| Baron Orwell|
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