Sir Harry Verney, 4th Baronet

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Sir Harry Verney

Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Harry Calvert Williams Verney, 4th Baronet, DSO (7 June 1881 – 23 December 1974), was a British Liberal politician.

Political career[edit]

Verney stood as Liberal candidate for Basingstoke at the 1906 General Election. Shortly after, he was again Liberal candidate at the Basingstoke by-election, 1906. In the December general election he was elected to Parliament for Buckingham, a seat he held until 1918.[1] He served under H. H. Asquith as Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries from 1914 to 1915. He stood as Liberal candidate for Skipton at the 1922 and 1923 General Elections.[2]

Verney succeeded in the baronetcy in May 1910. He was awarded the DSO in 1918.[3]

Verney married Rachel Gwenyfyr Catherine, daughter of Victor Alexander Bruce, 13th Earl of Kincardine, in 1911. His son Stephen Edmund Verney was Bishop of Repton from 1977 to 1985.

Verney was twice convicted for indecent assaults on boys under the age of sixteen, in 1937[4] and 1954.[5]

Verney was the last surviving Liberal candidate from the 1906 General election. He died in December 1974, aged 93, and was succeeded to the baronetcy by his son, Ralph.


  1. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1885-1918, FWS Craig
  2. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-49, FWS Craig
  3. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 30450. p. 20. 1 January 1918.
  4. ^ "Log in". Retrieved 2016-10-21. |(subscription required)
  5. ^ "Log in". Retrieved 2016-10-21. |(subscription required)

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Frederick Verney
Member of Parliament for Buckingham
December 19101918
Succeeded by
Sir George Bowyer
Political offices
Preceded by
The Lord Lucas of Crudwell
Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of
Agriculture and Fisheries

Succeeded by
Sir Francis Dyke Acland
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Edmund Hope Verney
(of Claydon House)
Succeeded by
Ralph Bruce Verney