Clement-Jones family - Person Sheet
Clement-Jones family - Person Sheet
NameSir Harry Calvert VERNEY Bt, PC, DL, JP , 3271
Birth1801
Death1894
EducationHarrow, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Downing College, Cambridge.
FatherLt-General Sir Harry CALVERT Bt , 3263 (1763-1826)
MotherCaroline HAMMERSLEY , 3273 (-1806)
Spouses
ChildrenEdmund Hope , 3262 (1838-1910)
 Harry Calvert , 3295 (1840-1851)
 George Hope , 3261 (1842-1896)
Birth1818
Death1890
MotherFrances “Fanny” SMITH , 4603 (1789-1880)
Notes for Sir Harry Calvert VERNEY Bt, PC, DL, JP
2nd Baronet. Assumed in 1827 the surname of Verney in lieu of Calvert, having succeeded to the Verney estates through his cousin Richard Calvert, who married Mary (née Nicholson), the widow of the Hon. John Verney, eldest son of Ralph Verney, 1st Earl Verney. Verney sat as Liberal Member of Parliament for Buckingham and Bedford.

From Wikipedia

Born Harry Calvert, he was the oldest son of Sir Harry Calvert, 1st Baronet and his wife Caroline Hammersley, second daughter of Thomas Hammersley. He was first educated at Harrow School, then aged fifteen went to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, as one of its first cadets. In 1826, he succeeded his father as baronet and in the following year, he changed his surname by Royal Licence to Verney to inherit the estates of his cousin Mary Verney, 1st Baroness Fermanagh.From 1831, he studied at Downing College, Cambridge, befriending Adam Sedgwick and William Whewell.


Verney joined the British Army for the 31st (Huntingdonshire) Regiment of Foot in 1819 and was sent to the country's legation in the German states Württemberg and Baden, learning during this time German, French and Italian. He returned to England in the following year and was allocated to the 7th (Royal Fusiliers) Regiment of Foot. From 1824, he served with the Grenadier Guards and from 1826 was private secretary in the office of the Commander-in-Chief of the Forces.

Verney was meant to accompany Lord William Bentinck on his appointment as Governor-General of India, however during the journey was left ill in Rio de Janeiro, where he recovered, later hunting with natives in the Pampas and the Andes. His voyage home lead him around the Cape of Good Hope onboard a ship, commanded by Sir Michael Seymour and in 1829, he arrived in England again. Verney was promoted to major in 1831 and was transferred to the Royal Buckinghamshire Militia (King's Own) in 1844, retiring two years later.

Verney entered the British House of Commons in 1832, sitting as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Buckingham unti 1841.After a six-year break, he was successful for Bedford and represented it until 1852. Verney was again returned for Buckingham in 1857 until the 1874 general election. In 1880, he was reelected for the constituency for the following five years. In 1885, in his final year in the House, Verney was sworn of as a Privy Counsellor.
Verney was nominated a Deputy Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire and a Justice of the Peace for the same county.

He was a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and one of the founders of the Royal Agricultural Society. Verney acted as chairman of the Buckinghamshire Railway Company and deputy chairman of the Aylesbury and Buckingham Railway Company.

On 30 June 1835, he married firstly Eliza Hope, daughter of Admiral Sir George Johnstone Hope, and had by her four sons and three daughters. After her death in 1857, Verney remarried secondly Frances Parthenope Nightingale, daughter of William Edward Nightingale and sister of Florence Nightingale, on 24 June 1858. He died, aged 92 and was succeeded in the baronetcy by his oldest son Edmund. His youngest son Frederick was a diplomat and politician and father of Sir Ralph Verney, 1st Baronet.


Verney was unusual in the sense that he gave his name to two railway stations in England, namely Calvert and Verney Junction stations in Buckinghamshire. Mount Verney, Sir Harry Peak and Sir Harry Range in British Columbia were also named after him.
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