Baron Vernon

Baron Vernon

Lord Vernon, Baron of Kinderton in the County of Chester, is a title in the Peerage of Great Britain. It was created in 1762 for the former Member of Parliament George Venables-Vernon. He had previously represented Lichfield and Derby in the House of Commons. Born George Vernon, he was the son of Henry Vernon, of Sudbury in Derbyshire, and Anne Pigott, daughter and heiress of Thomas Pigott by his wife Mary Venables, sister and heiress of Sir Peter Venables, Baron of Kinderton in Cheshire. In 1728 he assumed by Royal license the additional surname of Venables.

Lord Vernon was married three times. He married, thirdly, Martha Harcourt, granddaughter of the Simon Harcourt, 1st Viscount Harcourt. Their second son was Edward Harcourt, Archbishop of York. He succeeded to the Harcourt family estates on the death of his cousin the William Harcourt, 3rd Earl Harcourt, and assumed by Royal license the surname of Harcourt. Edward Harcourt was the father of William Vernon Harcourt, the grandfather of Sir William Vernon Harcourt and the great-grandfather of the Lewis Harcourt, 1st Viscount Harcourt (see the Viscount Harcourt for more information on this branch of the family).

Lord Vernon was succeeded by his son from his first marriage to the Hon. Mary Howard, the second Baron. He sat as a Member of Parliament for Weobly, Bramber and Glamorganshire. On his death the title passed to his half-brother, the third Baron. He was the eldest son of the first Baron's third marriage. His son the fourth Baron married Frances Maria Warren, daughter of Admiral Sir John Borlase Warren, 1st Baronet. His son, the fifth Baron, represented Derbyshire and Derbyshire South in the House of Commons. He assumed in 1837 by sign manual the surname of Warren only for himself and subsequent issue.

His grandson, the seventh Baron, served as Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard (Deputy Chief Whip in the House of Lords) in the last Liberal administration of William Ewart Gladstone. On the death in 2000 of his grandson, the tenth Baron, this line of the family failed. The late Baron was succeeded by his distant relative (his fifth cousin once removed), the eleventh and (As of 2010) present holder of the title. He is the great-great-grandson of Admiral Frederick Edward Vernon-Harcourt, fourth son of the aforementioned Edward Harcourt, Archbishop of York, third son of the first Baron.

The ancestral family seat of the Barons Vernon is Sudbury Hall, near Uttoxeter, Derbyshire, which was given to the National Trust in 1967 by the late 10th Baron Vernon. Lord Vernon and his family until recently occupied a part of Sudbury Hall as their private home. The family of the late 10th Baron still keeps a residence in the grounds of the Sudbury Hall estate.

For other branches of the family see Vernon family.

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