Ralph Verney, 1st Earl Verney

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Ralph Verney, 1st Earl Verney (18 March 1683 – 4 October 1752),[1] styled The Honourable from 1703 to 1717 and subsequently known as The Viscount Fermanagh until 1742, was an Irish peer and Tory politician.

Background[edit]

Born at Little Chelsea, Verney was the only surviving son of John Verney, 1st Viscount Fermanagh and his first wife Elizabeth, the eldest daughter of Ralph Palmer.[2] He was baptised in Kensington.[2]

Career[edit]

In 1717, Verney succeeded his father as viscount and took his seat in the Irish House of Lords.[2] The latter title was in the Peerage of Ireland and thus didn't prevent him from entering the British House of Commons in the same year, having been elected for Amersham.[1] He represented the constituency until 1727 and was returned to Parliament for Wendover in 1741.[1] A year later he was created Earl Verney, in the Province of Leinster.[3]

Family[edit]

Verney married Catherine, eldest daughter of Henry Paschall in St Giles in the Fields.[4] The couple had two sons and two daughters.[4] His wife died in 1748 and Verney survived her by four years, dying at his birthplace; both were buried in Middle Claydon.[4] His older son John having predeceased him in 1737 he was succeeded in his titles by his second son Ralph.[4] John's daughter Mary was raised to the Peerage in her own right in 1792.[5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Sedgwick (1986), p. 496
  2. ^ a b c Cokayne (1890), p. 326
  3. ^ "No. 8192". The London Gazette. 25 January 1742. p. 2. 
  4. ^ a b c d Lodge (1789), p. 287
  5. ^ Beatson (1806), p. 177

References[edit]

  • Cokayne, George Edward (1890). The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom. vol. III. London: George Bell and Sons. 
  • Lodge, John (1789). Mervyn Archdall, ed. The Peerage of Ireland or A Genealogical History of the Present Nobility of that Kingdom. vol. I. Dublin: James Moore. 
  • Beatson, Robert (1806). A Political Index to the Histories of Great Britain and Ireland. vol. III. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees and Orme. 
  • Sedgwick, Romney (1970). The House of Commons, 1715-1754. vol. II. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
The 1st Viscount Fermanagh
Montague Garrard Drake
Member of Parliament for Amersham
1717–1727
With: Montague Garrard Drake 1717–1722
Thomas Chapman 1722–1727
Succeeded by
Montague Garrard Drake
Baptist Leveson-Gower
Preceded by
The Viscount Limerick
John Hampden
Member of Parliament for Wendover
1741–1752
With: John Hampden
Succeeded by
The 2nd Earl of Verney
John Hampden
Peerage of Ireland
New creation Earl Verney
1742–1752
Succeeded by
Ralph Verney
Preceded by
John Verney
Viscount Fermanagh
1717–1752