VERNEY, Richard (1622-1711), of Allexton, Leics.; Belton, Rutland and Compton Verney, Warws.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
Available from Boydell and Brewer



Family and Education

b. 28 Jan. 1622, 3rd but 2nd surv. s. of Sir Greville Verney (d.1642) of Compton Verney by Katherine, da. of Sir Robert Southwell of Wood Rising, Norf. educ. Jesus, Camb. 1640. m. (1) c. Nov. 1651, Mary (d. 17 Aug. 1663), da. of Sir John Pretyman, 1st Bt., of Lodington, Leics., 6s. (4 d.v.p.) 1da.; (2) Frances, da. of Thomas Dove of Upton, Northants., 1s. d.v.p. 1da. suc. gt. nephew as de jure 11th Lord Willoughby de Broke 23 Aug. 1683, claim allowed 13 Feb. 1696; kntd. 1 Apr. 1685.1

Offices Held

J.p. Warws. July 1660-d., Leics. 1662-Feb. 1688, Rutland 1680-bef. 1700; commr. for assessment, Warws. 1661-3, 1689-90, Leics. 1663-9, Rutland 1677-80; freeman, Portsmouth 1677; maj. of militia ft. Warws. by 1680-?87; sheriff, Rutland 1681-2, Warws. 1683-4; dep. lt. Rutland 1682-Mar. 1688, Warws. 1686-7, 1689-d.2


In about 1440 Verney’s ancestors acquired the Warwickshire manor of Compton to which their name came to be attached, but it was not until 1589 that they first represented the county in Parliament. A younger son, Verney inherited only a life interest in several farms on his father’s death. Neither he nor his elder brother took part in the Civil War, though the family was doubtless royalist in sympathy, being assessed at £3,500 by the committee for the advance of money. Verney bought Allexton in 1652, and at the Restoration was proposed for the order of the Royal Oak with an estate of £600 p.a. He moved to Rutland soon after 1672, and was described by the county historian as ‘a true lover of antiquities and a worthy Maecenas’.3

Verney succeeded to the