Edmund Hope Verney R.N.
Edmund Hope Verney R.N.

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Edmund Hope Verney R.N.Explanation
Son of Sir Harry Verney, 2nd Baronet (1801-1894)
Date (from)(Date to)Personal
6 April 1838 Born
14 January 1868 Married Margaret Maria (1844-1930), daughter and coheir of Sir John Hay Williams, 2nd Baronet of Bodelwyddan (1794-1859); bore him one son (Lt-Col. Sir Harry Calvert Williams Verney, 4th Bt., 1881-1974) and three daughters
November 1868 Failed to be elected as MP for Marlow, Buckinghamshire
August 1879 'Severe displeasure expressed [by the Admiralty] at his conduct in attending at an anti-flogging meeting at Portsmouth'.
5 December 188513 July 1886Liberal MP for North Buckinghamshire
11 October 188912 May 1891Liberal MP for North Buckinghamshire (until expelled)
12 May 1891 Expelled from Parliament after been sentenced to one year imprisonment for a misdemeanour ('procuring a girl under the age of 21, Miss Nellie Maud Baskett, for an immoral purpose')
12 February 1894 Succeeded as 3rd Baronet Verney on the death of his father
8 May 1910 Died
February 1851Naval cadet
7 April 1857Mate
22 March 1858Lieutenant
26 June 1866Commander
18 April 1877Captain
1 June 1884Retired
12 May 1891Name removed from list
Date fromDate toService
February 1851 Naval Cadet in Calliope in South American and Australia waters
185? Naval Cadet in Havannah
185? Naval Cadet in Arethusa, in the Mediterranean
October 1852 Naval Cadet in Britannia, in the Mediterranean
185? Midshipman in Britannia
185?July 1856Midshipman in Terrible, commanded by James Johnstone McCleverty, in the Crimea. He received the Turkish Medal and the Crimean Medal with Sevastopol clasp
13 September 18566 April 1857Midshipman in Shannon, commanded by William Peel (third son of Sir Robert Peel; died 27 Apr 1858 of smallpox).
Portsmouth (17 Mar 1857) - Simons Bay - Singapore - Hong Kong - Singapore - Calcutta (6 Aug 1857). Served with the Naval Brigade (HM ships Shannon and Pearl) during the Indian Mutiny: served in Allahabad garrison (20 Oct - 6 Dec), was present at the fighting at Kallee-Nuddee, which forced the rebels to abandon the town of Fatehpur (2-3 Jan 1858) and at the recapture of Lucknow (2 - 22 Mar 1858). 31 Mar 1858 Peel wrote: 'Mr. Edmund H. Verney, Senior Acting Mate. Zealous and well conducted. Recommended for promotion'; gazetted 25 May. 11 Aug 1858 in temporary command of Pearl. 15 Sep 1858 sailed in Shannon for home - Trincomalee - Simons Bay - St Helena - Ascension - Portsmouth (29 Dec 1858).
These events he described in 'The Shannon's Brigade in India', Sanders & Otley, 1862; the story is also told in G.L. Verney's book ('The Devil's Wind, the story of the Naval Brigade at Lucknow', G.L. Verney, Hutchinson, 1956) and recounted by William Laird Clowes
7 April 185728 June 1858Mate in Shannon
29 June 185815 January 1859Lieutenant in Shannon
13 May 185926 February 1862Lieutenant in Emerald, commanded by Arthur Cumming, Channel squadron
27 February 186228 July 1865Lieutenant and commander in Grappler, stationed at Esquimalt, British Columbia, Canada.
In the spring of 1863 the gunboats Forward, Grappler, and Devastation were called upon to assist in the capture of several Indian criminals implicated in two murders. William Brady had been killed by a party of Cowichans on a boat trip in the Gulf Islands. About the same time a band of Lamalchi Indians, who were a branch of the Cowichans, murdered Frederick Marks, a farmer settler, and his married daughter Caroline Harvey, on Saturna Island. Lieutenant Lascelles, commander of Forward felt himself forced, on account of 'the defiant attitude of the natives', to bombard and destroy an Indian villiage on Kuper Island. Eventually a number of people were apprehended and brought to Victoria for trial, where several were found guilty and hanged. Lascelles agressive attitude was not uniformly appreciated.
31 Oct 1864 Grapler's commission ended, and many of the best crewmen left. 1 Nov 1864 recommissioned. 13 May 1865 pennant hauled down for the last time (Grapler was sold and replaced later in the year by gunvessel Sparrowhawk).1)
14 November 186510 November 1866Lieutenant and commander in Oberon, west coast of Africa
20 June 187020 June 1873Commander in Growler, West African station; on passage in Growler 21 June - 27 June 1873
10 November 187417 November 1874Commander in Valiant
18 November 187431 March 1875Commander (2ic) in Caledonia, commanded by Captain John Eglinton Montgomerie, Coast Guard, Rock Ferry (Cheshire)
1)In Royal Mail packet Shannon from Southampton (17 Mar 1862) to St Thomas, Danish West Indies (1 Apr); RMS Tamar to Colon (6 Apr), overland to Panama, American SS Sonora from Panama via Acapulco (17 Apr) to San Francisco (26 Apr); SS Pacific fron San Francisco (9 May) to Esquimalt (13 May).
Left Esquimalt in Brother Jonathan (3 Jun 1865) for San Francisco (7 Jun). Overland from San Francisco (23 Jun) to New York (12 Aug), then to Halifax; in Cunard liner China from Halifax (31 Aug) to Queenstown (9 Sep; modern Cobh, Ireland) and Liverpool (10 Sep).
'Vancover Island Letters of Edmund Hope Verney, 1862-1865', Edited by Allan Pritchard, University of British Columbia Press, 1996.

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