Sir Ralph Verney, Knight, Lord Mayor of England

Sir Ralph Verney, Knight, Lord Mayor of England

Male 1410 - 1478  (~ 68 years)

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  • Name Ralph Verney 
    Title Sir 
    Suffix Knight, Lord Mayor of England 
    Born ~ 1410  Fleetmarston, Buckinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Lord Mayor of London, 1465-1466  [2, 3
    Occupation 0___ 1472  [3
    Died 0Jun 1478  London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried St. Martin Pomary, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • St Martin Pomary was a parish church in the Cheap ward of the City of London. It was also known as St Martin Ironmonger Lane.

      The church stood on the east side of Ironmonger Lane in the Cheap ward of the City of London. John Stow suggested that the name "Pomary" indicated that apple trees had once grown near the church.The patronage of the church belonged to the prior and canons of St Bartholomew the Great, until the dissolution of the priory, when it passed to the Crown.

      In 1627 much of the north wall had to be rebuilt, and two years later the whole church was "repaired and beautified" at the cost of the parishioners.The church was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666 and not rebuilt.[2] Instead the parish was united with that of St Olave Jewry and the site of the church retained as a burial ground.
    Person ID I46645  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 17 Nov 2017 

    Family Emma Pyking 
    Married ~ 1435  Fleetmarston, Buckinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence (Family) ~ 1460  Middle Claydon, Buckinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Residence (Family) 0___ 1465  London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
     1. John Verney, Sr.,   b. 0___ 1450, Fleetmarston, Buckingham, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Aug 1505, Albury, Hertford, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 55 years)
     2. Ralph Verney
    Last Modified 21 May 2019 
    Family ID F17082  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - ~ 1410 - Fleetmarston, Buckinghamshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - ~ 1435 - Fleetmarston, Buckinghamshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence (Family) - ~ 1460 - Middle Claydon, Buckinghamshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence (Family) - 0___ 1465 - London, Middlesex, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 0Jun 1478 - London, Middlesex, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - St. Martin Pomary, London, England Link to Google Earth
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    Sir Knight Ralph Verney (1410-1478) was Lord Mayor, 1465-1466

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    • Sir Ralph Verney, Kt.
      Also Known As: "Sir Knight Ralph Verney"
      Birthdate: circa 1410
      Birthplace: Fleet Marston, Buckinghamshire, England
      Death: Died June 1478 in London, Middlesex, , England
      Place of Burial: St. Martin Pomeroy, London, Middlesex, England
      Immediate Family:
      Son of Ralph Verney, Buckingham and Margaret VERNEY (Whittingham)
      Husband of Emma Verney
      Father of Margery De Lockwood; Margaret Raleigh (Verney); Beatrice Danvers; Sir John Verney and Ralph Verney
      Occupation: Mayor of London
      Managed by: Hannelore Caulk Scheu
      Last Updated: November 5, 2016

      About Sir Ralph Verney, Lord Mayor of London
      Sir Ralph Verney, Mercer

      Sheriff 1456-7. Mayor 1465-6. Knighted 21 May 1471; M.P. London 1459, 1469, 1472; Auditor 1453-5, 1464-5; Master Mercers 1459, 1464, 1471, 1476. Died Jun 1478; Will (PCC 1 Logge) 11 Jun; proved 25 Jun 1478.

      Ancestor of the Verneys of Claydon (Baronets and Earls Verney) and of the present Lord Braye.

      Source: The Aldermen of the City of London

      Alternate birth Claydon, Bucks, England

      Ralph VERNEY (Lord Mayor of London)

      Born: ABT 1410, Fleet Marston, Buckinghamshire, England

      Died: 11 Jun 1478

      Buried: 25 Jun 1478, St. Martin Pomeroy, London, Middlesex, England

      Father: Ralph VERNEY

      Mother: ΒΕ?

      Married: Emma PYKING ABT 1435, Fleet Marston, Buckinghamshire, England


      1. Margaret VERNEY

      2. Beatrice VERNEY

      3. John VERNEY (Sir Knight)

      4. Ralph VERNEY

      Notes: Became the Mayor of London.

      The king in 1472, in consideration of the good services of Ralph Verney, removed the attainder upon Sir Robert Whittingham, whose daughter and heir Margaret had married Ralph Verney's son John, whereupon Margaret succeeded to Pendley, subject to the life-interest of Thomas Montgomery. John Verney died seised of the manor in right of Margaret, who survived him, in 1505, and was succeeded by his son Ralph Verney, who was subsequently knighted. Sir Ralph died in 1525, leaving his son Ralph a minor. He died in l556, and the manor came to his son Edmund, a minor at the time of his father's death. The wardship and marriage of Edmund and an annuity from the manor were granted in l547 to Sir Edmund Peckham. Edmund Verney seems to have fallen into disgrace under Queen Mary, and was in 1553 ordered to keep to his house during the Queen's pleasure. He died in 1558, without leaving issue, and the manor came to his third brother, Edmund Verney, jun., who died seised of it in 1600, leaving his son Francis a minor. Edmund's second wife Mary survived him, and having persuaded her husband before his death to divide the inheritance between her son Edmund and her stepson Francis, an Act of Parliament was obtained to ratify this, and on the attainment of his majority Sir Francis tried to obtain a reversal of it. He failed to do so, however, and after selling his inheritance he went abroad, and dissipated it. He was an associate of Richard Giffard, captain of a pirate fleet, and died at the Hospital of St. Mary of Pity at Messina in 1615. The manor of Pendley had been sold in 1606/7 by Mary Verney and Sir Francis and Ursula his wife to Richard Anderson, from whom the manor descended in the same way as Wiggington (q.v.)

      In 1506 it was stated that about eighty years before, Pendley was 'a great town, whereof part lay in the parish of Tring and part in the parish of Aldbury. The part in the parish of Tring was held of the Archbishop of Canterbury as of his manor of Tring and the part in the parish of Aldbury of the manor of Aldbury, At that time there was no great mansion-house there, but there were in the town above thirteen plows besides divers handicraft men, as tailors, shoemakers and cardmakers with divers others. The town was afterwards cast down and laid to pasture by Sir Robert Whittingham, who built the said place at the west end there as the town sometimes stood, for the town was in the east and south part of the same place'. From further proceedings it seems that Sir Robert Whittingham also ploughed up a common way and in 1491/2 vestiges of the hedges still remained.

      Letters and papers of the Verney family down to the end of the year 1639 By Verney family

      Ralph Verney was the son of Ralph Verney (son of Edward Verney), b. London, d. June 16, 1478, married Emme widow of ? Pyking, she had a son John Pyking. Children of Ralph and Emme Verney: 1. Ralph, d. July 06, 1528, married Eleanor Pole, 2. John, d. August 31, 1505, married Margaret Whittingham, 3. Margaret, married Edward Raleigh, 4. Beatrice, married Henry Danvers.


      I Ralph Verney d.1223 m. Amabella

      II John Verney m. Alice de Bella Aqua or Bellew

      III Ralph Verney

      IV Robert Verney children: William, John

      V John Verney

      VI John Verney children: John, Edward

      VII Edward Verney

      VIII Ralph Verney

      IX Ralph Verney d. 1478 m. Emme, widow Pyking children: Ralph, John, Margaret, Beatrice

      X Ralph Verney d. 1528 m. Eleanor Pole

      XI John Verney married twice 1st wife children: Robert, Mary, 2nd wife Dorothy
      X John Verney d. 1505 m. Margaret Whittingham children: John, Robert, Ralph, Cecile, Ann

      XI Ralph Verney d. 1525 m. 1st Margery Iwardby children: Ralph. m. 2nd 1511 Anne Weston children: Eleanor, Katherine, Anne, Francis. Also bastard dau. Cecille

      XII Ralph Verney d. 1546 m. Elizabeth Bray children: Edmund (1), Anne, John, Edmund (2), Francis, Ralph, Urian, Richard, Dau.

      XIII Edmund (1) Verney d. 1600 m.1st Frances Hastings, widow Redmayne, no children m. 2nd Audrey Gardener, widow Carew, children: Francis, m. 3rd Mary Blakeney (Turville)(St. Barbe) children: Edmund.

      XIV Francis Verney b. 1584 d. 1615 m. Ursula St. Barbe, no children

      XIV Edmund Verney b, 1589/90 d. 1642 m. Margaret Denton children: Ralph, Thomas, Edmund, Henry, John, Susanna, Penelope, Margaret, Cary, Mary, Richard.


      ----------------------------------------------- The Edinburgh Review: Or Critical Journal, Volume 176

      By Sydney Smith, Lord Francis Jeffrey Jeffrey, Macvey Napier, Sir George Cornewall Lewis, William Empson, Arthur Ralph Douglas Elliot (Hon.), Henry Reeve, Harold Cox
      p.412 The Verney's owned the manor of Claydon 'for fourteen generations, beginning with Sir Ralph, Lord Mayor of London in 1465, and M.P. for London in 1472, and going down to to Mary Verney, created Baroness Fermanagh, who died unmarried in 1810. She inherited the property in 1792 from her uncle Ralph, Earl Verney, and upon her death the estate was left to her half sister, Mrs. Wright.

      end of biography [2]
    • Verney is the name of an English family that traces back around eight centuries. It first settled at Fleetmarston in Buckinghamshire, then at Pendley in Hertfordshire, and finally at Middle Claydon which the family purchased in the 1460s in Buckinghamshire and where descendants still live in Claydon House.

      Early History

      The Verney's family's pedigree goes back to Ralph de Verney (fl. 1216–1223), but the fortunes of the family were made by Sir Ralph Verney (c. 1410-1478). After settling in Buckinghamshire in the 13th century, the family had purchased Middle Claydon by the 1460s and it was during this period that Sir Ralph Verney became Lord Mayor of London in 1465 and M.P. for the city in 1472.[1] Sir Ralph Verney's eldest son, Sir John Verney, married Margaret, heiress of Sir Robert Whittingham of Pendley. In 1525, Sir Ralph Verney's fourth son, of the same name, married Elizabeth, one of the six co-heiresses of John, Lord Braye.

      Involvement in the English Civil War

      Sir Edmund Verney of Pendley (died 1600) left two sons, half-brothers, Sir Francis Verney (1584–1615), who became a soldier of fortune and a buccaneer, converted to Islam and died at Messina in hospital in extreme poverty, and Sir Edmund Verney (1590–1642) of Middle Claydon. Sir Edmund accompanied Prince Charles and Buckingham on the abortive mission to Madrid in 1623, and was knight-marshal to King Charles I. When the English Civil War broke out the royal standard was entrusted to him at Nottingham, and while defending it he was slain at Edgehill in 1642. His eldest son, Sir Ralph Verney (1613–1696), 1st baronet, sat for Aylesbury in both the Short and the Long Parliaments. He took the side of the parliament at the outset of the Civil War, but went abroad in 1643 rather than sign the Covenant, and his estates were sequestrated in 1646. He returned to England in 1653, and, though he refused to act against Oliver Cromwell, was subsequently reconciled to the Restoration government. His brother, Sir Edmund (1616-–1649), had taken the king's side, and commanded the troops of the Royalist infantry at the Siege of Drogheda and was slain during the final assault.

      18th century

      Sir Ralph Verney's estates and honours descended to his son, Sir John (c. 1640-1717), who was created Viscount Fermanagh in the Irish peerage in 1703 and was father of Sir Ralph Verney, created Earl Verney in 1743. Earl Verney's sister, Lady Margaret Verney, by her marriage with Sir Sir Thomas Cave, 3rd Baronet, linked the Verney family a second time with the barony of Braye, and the present (as of 1911) Lord Braye's surname is Verney-Cave. Earl Verney's eldest son, John Verney, Viscount Fermanagh, predeceased him in 1737, leaving a posthumous daughter, Lady Mary Verney (1737-–1810), who was created Baroness Fermanagh in 1792. His second son, Ralph, 2nd Earl Verney (c. 1712-–1791), was a friend of Edmund Burke, who entered parliament as Verney's nominee for Wendover. Earl Verney was an ardent supporter of the Whig interest, but received no reward from the party leaders. He rebuilt Claydon House with great splendour from the plans of John Adam, but, with his financial ventures, this brought him to bankruptcy. He died with no children of his own.

      19th century

      Verney Papers: Notes of Proceedings in the Long Parliament by Sir Ralph Verney, printed by the Camden Society.
      The present Verney family, of Claydon Hall, Buckinghamshire, is descended in the male line from Felix Calvert (1596-–1674) of Little Hadham, Hertfordshire. The Right Hon. Sir Harry Verney, 2nd baronet (1801–-1894), was the son of General Sir Harry Calvert, G.C.B., created a baronet in 1818. He assumed the name of Verney in compliance with the will of Mary Verney, 1st Baroness Fermanagh, mentioned above. This lady died unmarried, leaving the paternal estates and the Verney portraits to her half-sister, Catherine Calvert (Mrs Wright), known thenceforward as Mrs Verney, on whose death in 1827 they came into the possession of her cousin, Sir Harry Calvert (Verney). Sir Harry Verney entered the British House of Commons for Buckingham in 1832, and remained a member of the House with two short intervals for fifty-two years. He married in 1835 Eliza, daughter of Admiral Sir George Johnstone Hope, K.C.B., M.P., and secondly Frances Parthenope Nightingale, sister of Florence Nightingale. Frances, Lady Verney, collected from the mass of papers preserved at Claydon House the Memoirs of the Verney Family during the Seventeenth Century, which contain a charming picture of the life and manners of the country gentlemen of that day. A second edition, abridged and corrected by Margaret Verney, appeared in 2 vols. in 1904. See also the Verney Papers edited for the Camden Society in 1853-–1854. An all-girls grammar school was named after her in the 1960s, the Lady Verney High School in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.

      The Verneys who hold the barony of Willoughby de Broke descend from Richard Verney (1683–1711), who was granted the title 11th Baron Willoughby de Broke by the House of Lords in 1696. These Verneys had inherited the Verney estates at Compton Verney in Warwickshire through the marriage of Sir Richard Verney (died 1630) to Margaret Greville (died 1631), sister and heiress of Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke. The male line was interrupted in 1853 when Robert John Barnard (1809–1862), nephew of the 16th baron, inherited the title. Robert took the title 17th Baron Willoughby de Broke, adopted the surname Verney and was the grandfather of Richard Greville Verney who sat in the House of Commons from 1895 to 1900 for SE Warwickshire and succeeded to the title in 1902. The family had left Compton Verney House by 1887 and it was finally sold in 1921. [1]

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