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Ralph Verney, 2nd Earl Verney PC, FRS (1 February 1714 – 31 March 1791), styled Viscount Fermanagh between 1743 and 1752, was a British politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1753 and 1791.

Claydon House


A member of the Verney family, Lord Verney was the son of Ralph Verney, 1st Earl Verney, of Claydon House, Buckinghamshire, and Catherine, daughter of Henry Paschall.[1]

Political careerEdit

Verney succeeded his father in the earldom in 1752. However, as this was an Irish peerage, it did not entitle him to a seat in the House of Lords (although it did entitle him to a seat in the Irish House of Lords). He was instead elected to the House of Commons for Wendover in 1753, a seat he held until 1761.[1][2] He later represented Carmarthen between 1761 and 1768[1][3] and Buckinghamshire between 1768 and 1784 and 1790 and 1791.[1][4] In 1765 he was sworn of the Privy Council.[1][5]

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1758.

Claydon HouseEdit

He rebuilt Claydon House in Buckinghamshire between 1757 and 1771. The house today represents only the west wing, which was originally connected to an identical east wing by a colonnaded rotunda surmounted by a cupola. Cost overruns on the building meant that Lord Verney had to spend the final years of his life on the continent to escape his creditors.


Lord Verney married Mary, daughter of Henry Herring, in 1740. They had no children before her death in January 1791, aged 74. Lord Verney only survived her by two months and died in March of the same year, aged 77. On his death all his titles became extinct.[1] His estate was inherited by his niece Mary Verney (later created Baroness Fermanagh, in the second creation), who reduced Clayton House to its present size.


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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
John Hampden
The Earl Verney
Member of Parliament for Wendover
With: John Hampden 1753–1754
John Calvert 1754–1761
Succeeded by
Richard Chandler-Cavendish
Verney Lovett
Preceded by
Griffith Philipps
Member of Parliament for Carmarthen
Succeeded by
Griffith Philipps
Preceded by
Richard Lowndes
Sir William Stanhope
Member of Parliament for Buckinghamshire
With: Richard Lowndes 1768–1774
George Grenville 1774–1779
Thomas Grenville 1779–1784
Succeeded by
William Grenville
Sir John Aubrey, Bt
Preceded by
William Grenville
Sir John Aubrey, Bt
Member of Parliament for Buckinghamshire
With: William Grenville 1790
James Grenville 1790–1791
Succeeded by
James Grenville
The Marquess of Titchfield
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Ralph Verney
Earl Verney
Succeeded by