John Edmund Severne
Severne was the son of John Michael Severne of Wallop Hall, Westbury near Shrewsbury and his wife Anna Maria Wigley daughter of Edmund Wigley of Shakenhurst, Worcestershire and MP for Worcester. He was educated at Brasenose College, Oxford where he rowed for the Brasenose eight in the university eights in 1846 and graduated in 1848. He joined the 10th Hussars in 1849 and became a lieutenant in 1852. He transferred by exchange of commission to the 16th Lancers and retired as a captain in 1857. He was a J.P. for Montgomeryshire and was High Sheriff of Montgomeryshire in 1854. He was also a JP and Deputy Lieutenant of Shropshire and Northamptonshire and was High Sheriff of Northamptonshire in 1861. He had extensive landed estates in all three counties, Wallop Hall being his seat in Shropshire, where he served on local government as an inaugural Alderman of Shropshire County Council from 1889, member of Atcham Rural District Council, and chairman of Westbury Parish Council.
In 1865 Severne was elected Member of Parliament for Ludlow and held the seat until 1868 when the representation was reduced to one member. At a by-election in 1875 Severne was elected MP for South Shropshire. He held the seat until 1885.
Severne died at 53 Eaton Place, Belgravia, London, aged 72, from a skull fracture sustained when knocked down by a van horse in Pall Mall three days earlier. He was buried in Westbury parish churchyard.
Severne married Florence Morgan Tighe, daughter of Very Rev. Hugh Usher Tighe, dean of Derry in 1858. Their marriage was childless so his next brother succeeded to his estates.
- Debretts House of Commons and the Judicial Bench 1886
- W E Sherwood Oxford Rowing p 118
- "Sad Death of Captain Severne, of Wallop. Knocked Down in London Street". Shrewsbury Chronicle. 28 April 1899. p. 8.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 3)
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by John Severne
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
Sir William Fraser, Bt
|Member of Parliament for Ludlow
1865 – 1868
With: George Windsor-Clive
Sir Percy Egerton Herbert
|Member of Parliament for South Shropshire
1876 – 1885
With: Edward Corbett to 1877
Sir Baldwyn Leighton, Bt from 1877