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Ralph Verney, 1st Earl Verney (18 March 1683 – 4 October 1752),[1 ] styled The Honourable from 1703 to 1717 and subsequently known as The Viscount Fermanagh until 1742, was an Irish peer and Tory politician.



Born at Little Chelsea, Verney was the only surviving son of John Verney, 1st Viscount Fermanagh and his first wife Elizabeth, the eldest daughter of Ralph Palmer.[2 ] He was baptised in Kensington.[2 ]


In 1717, Verney succeeeded his father as viscount and took his seat in the Irish House of Lords.[2 ] The latter title was in the Peerage of Ireland and thus didn't prevent him to enter the British House of Commons in the same year, having been elected for Amersham.[1 ] He represented the constituency until 1727 and was returned to Parliament for Wendover in 1741.[1 ] A year later he was created Earl Verney, in the Province of Leinster.[3]


Verney married Catherine, eldest daughter of Henry Paschall in St Giles in the Fields.[4 ] The couple had two sons and two daughter.[4 ] His wife died in 1748 and Verney survived her for four years, dying at his birthplace; both were buried in Middle Claydon.[4 ] His older son John having predeceased him in 1737 he was succeeded in his titles by his seoncd son Ralph.[4 ] John's daughter Mary was was raised to the Peerage in her own right in 1792.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Sedgwick (1986), p. 496
  2. ^ a b c Cokayne (1890), p. 326
  3. ^ London Gazette: no. 8192, p. 2, 25 January 1742. Retrieved on 12 January 2010.
  4. ^ a b c d Lodge (1789), p. 287
  5. ^ Beatson (1806), p. 177


  • Cokayne, George Edward (1890). The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom. vol. III. London: George Bell and Sons.  
  • Lodge, John (1789). Mervyn Archdall. ed. The Peerage of Ireland or A Genealogical History of the Present Nobility of that Kingdom. vol. I. Dublin: James Moore.  
  • Beatson, Robert (1806). A Political Index to the Histories of Great Britain and Ireland. vol. III. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees and Orme.  
  • Sedgwick, Romney (1970). The House of Commons, 1715-1754. vol. II. Oxford: Oxford University Press.  
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
The 1st Viscount Fermanagh
Montague Garrard Drake
Member of Parliament for Amersham
1717 – 1727
With: Montague Garrard Drake 1717–1722
Thomas Chapman 1722–1727
Succeeded by
Montague Garrard Drake
Baptist Leveson-Gower
Preceded by
The Viscount Limerick
John Hampden
Member of Parliament for Wendover
1741 – 1752
With: John Hampden
Succeeded by
The 2nd Earl of Verney
John Hampden
Peerage of Ireland
New creation Earl Verney
1742 – 1752
Succeeded by
Ralph Verney
Preceded by
John Verney
Viscount Fermanagh
1717 – 1752


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