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|Loneys note to Annie:
"Eldest son of Sir Harry Vernon Bart. of Claydon House, Bucks. Retired as Captain"
|Edmund Hope Verney R.N.||Explanation|
|Date (from)||(Date to)||Personal
|6 April 1838|| ||Born1)|
|14 January 1868|| ||Married Margaret Maria, daughter and coheir of Sir John Hay Williams, 2nd Baronet of Bodelwyddan; bore him one son and three daughters2)|
|November 1868|| ||Failed to be elected as MP for Marlow, Buckinghamshire3)|
|August 1879|| ||"Severe displeasure expressed [by the Admiralty] at his conduct in attending at an anti-flogging meeting at Portsmouth".4)|
|1885||1886||Liberal MP for North Buckinghamshire5)|
|1889||1891||Liberal MP for North Buckinghamshire6)|
|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')7)|
|1894|| ||Succeeded as 3rd Baronet Verney8)|
|8 May 1910|| ||Died9)|
|February 1851||Naval cadet|
|7 April 1857||Mate|
|22 March 1858||Lieutenant|
|26 June 1866||Commander|
|18 April 1877||Captain|
|1 June 1884||Retired|
|12 May 1891||Name removed from list|
|Date from||Date to||Service|
|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 1856||Midshipman in Terrible, commanded by James Johnstone McCleverty, in the Crimea. He received the Turkish Medal and the Crimean Medal with Sevastopol clasp|
|13 September 1856||6 April 1857||Midshipman 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 1857||28 June 1858||Mate in Shannon|
|29 June 1858||15 January 1859||Lieutenant in Shannon|
|13 May 1859||26 February 1862||Lieutenant in Emerald, commanded by Arthur Cumming, Channel squadron|
|27 February 1862||28 July 1865||Lieutenant 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).10)
|14 November 1865||10 November 1866||Lieutenant commander in Oberon, west coast of Africa|
|20 June 1870||20 June 1873||Commander in Growler, West African station; on passage in Growler 21 June - 27 June 1873|
|10 November 1874||17 November 1874||Commander in Valiant|
|18 November 1874||31 March 1875||Commander in Caledonia|
|10)||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.
Sources: Admiralty Record of Service ADM/196/14, folio 687 and ADM 196/37, folio 1387; "The Devil's Wind, the story of the Naval Brigade at Lucknow", G.L. Verney, Hutchinson, 1956; "Vancover Island Letters of Edmund Hope Verney, 1862-1865", Edited by Allan Pritchard, University of British Columbia Press, 1996.