Berney baronets

The Berney Baronetcy, of Park Hall in Reedham in the County of Norfolk, is a title in the Baronetage of England. It was created on 5 May 1620 for Richard Berney, Sheriff of Norfolk in 1622.[1]

Berney Baronetcy
Arms of Berney baronets.svg
Quarterly gules and azure over all a cross engrailed ermine
Creation date5 May 1620
MonarchJames I
BaronetageBaronetage of England
First holderRichard Berney
Present holderSir Julian Berney, 11th Baronet
Heir apparentWilliam Berney
Former seat(s)Park Hall
Barton Bendish Hall
MottoNil temere, neque timore ("Nothing with rashness or fear")[1]

Family historyEdit

The Berney (Barney) name comes from that place which is in the hundred of North Greenhow, Norfolk, and is recorded as Berlej in the Domesday Book.. The family can be traced back to Sir Thomas de Berney, who in the reign of Edward III, acquired the manor of Reedham through his marriage with Margaret, daughter and heir of William de Reedham.[2] His descendant Henry Berney (died 1584) moved the family seat from near Reedham Church, and built Reedham Hall within a park. It was also known as Park Hall. It was sold in 1696 and gutted in a fire in 1750.[1]

Henry's eldest son, Sir Richard Berney, was Sheriff of Norfolk in 1610. He married Juliana, daughter of judge Sir Thomas Gawdy of Redenhall. Their son Sir Richard Berney, 1st Baronet (died 1668) was created a baronet in 1620. Another son Thomas Berney was High Sheriff of Norfolk in 1647 and the ancestor of the Berneys of Morton Hall in Broadland, Norfolk.[1]

The 1st Baronet married Anne Smallpage of Chichester. He left all his estates in Reedham not to his eldest son and heir, the second Baronet, but to his second son, Richard.[1]

The 6th Baronet was Sheriff of Norwich in 1762.[3]

The 7th Baronet, Sir John Berney, married Lady Henrietta Neville, daughter of George Neville, 1st Earl of Abergavenny in 1779.[4][5]

The 8th Baronet, Sir Hanson Berney, oversaw the renovation and extension of Barton Bendish Hall, the family seat. Designed by James & Turner of Norwich, the existing east wing was renovated and the south-west double wing was added in 1865. Sir Hanson also established the village pub known today as The Berney Arms.[6]

Sir Henry Hanson Berney, 9th Baronet, married Jane Dorothy Bloxam, daughter of the Rev. Andrew Bloxam.[7] Sir Henry died in 1907, and the baronetcy passed to his grandson, Sir Thomas Reedham Berney, 10th Baronet, son of Captain Thomas Hugh Berney, 2nd West Yorkshires, who died in the Second Boer War.[8] The 10th Baronet died in 1975.[9]

Berney Baronets, of Parkehall (1620)Edit

  • Sir Richard Berney, 1st Baronet (died 1668)
  • Sir Thomas Berney, 2nd Baronet (died 1693)
  • Sir Richard Berney, 3rd Baronet (died 1706)
  • Sir Richard Berney, 4th Baronet (1688–1710)
  • Sir Thomas Berney, 5th Baronet (died 1742)
  • Sir Hanson Berney, 6th Baronet (died 1778)
  • Sir John Berney, 7th Baronet (1757–1825)
  • Sir Hanson Berney, 8th Baronet (1780–1870)
  • Sir Henry Hanson Berney, 9th Baronet (1843–1907)
    • Thomas Hugh Berney (died 1900)
  • Sir Thomas Reedham Berney, 10th Baronet (1893–1975)
  • Sir Julian Reedham Stuart Berney, 11th Baronet (born 1952)

The heir apparent to the baronetcy is William Reedham John Berney (born 1980), eldest son of the 11th Baronet.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knighthood (107 ed.). Burke's Peerage & Gentry. pp. 357–358. ISBN 0-9711966-2-1.
  2. ^ Blomefield, Francis; Parkin, Charles (1810). An essay towards a topographical history of the county of Norfolk. pp. 123–126. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  3. ^ George Edward Cokayne. Complete Baronetage, Volume 1. 1900.
  4. ^ Peile, John (25 September 2014). Biographical Register of Christ's College, 1505–1905. Cambridge University Press. p. 348. ISBN 9781107426061. Berney, Hanson ... son of Sir John Berney ... by his wife Lady Henrietta Neville, daughter of George, first Earl
  5. ^ "Gentleman's Magazine, and Historical Chronicle, Volume 36". Great Britain: Edward Cave. 1833. p. 94. ... was married 10 September 1779
  6. ^ "The Story of Barton Hall". The Berney Arms. 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  7. ^ "LADY BERNEY. The funeral of Lady Berney". Leamington Spa Courier Warwickshire, England. 16 December 1921. Retrieved 31 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Obituary. Sir Henry Hanson Berney, Bart". Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser. Greater Manchester, England. 28 February 1907. Retrieved 16 October 2015. Thomas Reedham Berney, the son of the late Captain T. H. Berney, 2nd West Yorkshires, who fell in the Boer War.
  9. ^ "London National Portrait Gallery Sir Thomas Reedham Berney, 10th Baronet (1893-1975)". London National Portrait Gallery. Retrieved 31 January 2022.