Sir Edmund Verney, 3rd Baronet

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Sir Edmund Hope Verney, 3rd Baronet FRGS, DL, JP (6 April 1838 – 8 May 1910)[1] was a British naval officer, author and Liberal politician who sat in the House of Commons in two periods between 1885 and 1891.

Background and education[edit]

Verney was the eldest son of Sir Harry Verney, 2nd Baronet and his first wife Eliza Hope, daughter of Admiral Sir George Johnstone Hope.[2] Verney was educated at Harrow School and entered the Royal Navy in 1851.[3] He succeeded his father as baronet in 1894.[4]


Verney served in the Crimean War between 1854 and 1855 being afterwards honoured with the Crimea Medal and its Sebastopol clasp and the Turkish Crimean War medal.[5] Following his service during the Indian Mutiny between 1857 and 1858, where he was mentioned in despatches and received the Indian Mutiny Medal with the Lucknow clasp, he was promoted to lieutenant.[5] From 1862, he commanded HMS Grappler and in 1866 he was transferred as a commander to HMS Oberon.[5] Verney was on board HMS Growler from 1870 and in 1875 he was attached to Her Majesty's Coastguard, division Liverpool until 1877, when he was promoted to captain.[5] He retired seven years later.[3]

Verney contested unsuccessfully Great Marlow in 1868, Anglesey in 1874 and Portsmouth in 1880.[6] He entered the House of Commons in 1885, sitting as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Buckingham until the following year.[7] He represented the constituency again from 1889 until 1891,[7] when he was expelled after being sentenced to one year of imprisonment after being convicted of procuring a girl under 21 years of age for immoral purposes.[8][9]

Verney was a member of the Isle of Anglesey County Council as well as the London County Council and in 1887 was appointed chairman of the Quarter Sessions, Anglesey, a post he held for the next three years.[10] He was a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and was a Justice of the Peace and Deputy Lieutenant for Anglesey and Buckinghamshire.[11]


On 14 January 1868, he married Margaret Maria Williams, daughter of Sir John Hay Williams, 2nd Baronet and had by her three daughters and a son.[2] Verney died in 1910 and was succeeded in baronetcy by his son Harry.[5] In June 1858, Verney's father married Frances Parthenope Nightingale after the death of his first wife. She was the sister of Florence Nightingale, who became Aunt Florence to Verney's children.[12]


  • The Shannon's Brigade in India; (1862)
  • The Last Four Days of the Eurydice; (1878)
  • Village Sketches; (1879)
  • Four Years of Protest in the Transvaal; (1881)
  • The Parish Charities of North Buckinghamshire; (1887 and 1905)
  • War With Crime; (1889)


  1. ^ "Leigh Rayment - Baronetage". Retrieved 16 October 2009.
  2. ^ a b Fox-Davies, Arthur Charles (1895). Armorial families. Edinburgh: Grange Publishing Works. p. 996.
  3. ^ a b Debrett, John (1893). Debrett's Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage and Companionage. London: Oldhams Press. p. 551.
  4. ^ Whitaker's Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage and Companioage. J. Whitaker & Sons. 1907. p. 644.
  5. ^ a b c d e Who Was Who, 1897-1916. London: A & C Black Ltd. 1920. p. 729.
  6. ^ Debrett, John (1886). Robert Henry Mair, ed. Debrett's House of Commons and Judicial Bench. London: Dean & Son. p. 151.
  7. ^ a b "Leigh Rayment - British House of Commons, Buckingham". Retrieved 16 October 2009.
  8. ^ "Forced To Flee From England" (PDF). The New York Times. 4 April 1891. Retrieved 11 January 2009.
  9. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 225. ISBN 0-900178-27-2.
  10. ^ "ThePeerage - Sir Edmund Hope Verney, 3rd Bt". Retrieved 11 January 2009.
  11. ^ Walford, Edward (1909). The County Families of the United Kingdom. London: Spottiswoode & Co. Ltd. p. 1120.
  12. ^ Bosher, JF (2010), Imperial Vancouver Island, Who Was Who, 1850-1950, USA: Xlibris Corporation, p. 747, ISBN 978-1-4500-5962-6

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Harry Verney
Member of Parliament for Buckingham
Succeeded by
Egerton Hubbard
Preceded by
Egerton Hubbard
Member of Parliament for Buckingham
1889 – 1891
Succeeded by
Herbert Leon
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Harry Verney
(of Claydon House)
1894 – 1910
Succeeded by
Harry Verney