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Sir Ralph Verney, Kt.

Also Known As: "Sir Knight Ralph Verney"
Birthdate: (68)
Birthplace: Fleet Marston, Buckinghamshire, England
Death: June 1478 (64-72)
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Place of Burial: St. Martin Pomeroy, London, Middlesex, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Ralph Verney, Buckingham and Margaret VERNEY (Whittingham)
Husband of Emma Verney
Father of Margaret Raleigh (Verney); Beatrice Danvers; Sir John Verney and Ralph Verney

Occupation: Mayor of London
Managed by: Shirley Marie Caulk
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About Sir Ralph Verney, Lord Mayor of London

Sir Ralph Verney, Mercer

Sheriff 1456-7. Mayor 1465-6. Knighted 21 May 1471; M.P. London 1459, 1469, 1472; Auditor 1453-5, 1464-5; Master Mercers 1459, 1464, 1471, 1476. Died Jun 1478; Will (PCC 1 Logge) 11 Jun; proved 25 Jun 1478.

Ancestor of the Verneys of Claydon (Baronets and Earls Verney) and of the present Lord Braye.

Source: The Aldermen of the City of London

Alternate birth Claydon, Bucks, England

Ralph VERNEY (Lord Mayor of London)

Born: ABT 1410, Fleet Marston, Buckinghamshire, England

Died: 11 Jun 1478

Buried: 25 Jun 1478, St. Martin Pomeroy, London, Middlesex, England

Father: Ralph VERNEY

Mother: ¿?

Married: Emma PYKING ABT 1435, Fleet Marston, Buckinghamshire, England


1. Margaret VERNEY

2. Beatrice VERNEY

3. John VERNEY (Sir Knight)

4. Ralph VERNEY

Notes: Became the Mayor of London.

The king in 1472, in consideration of the good services of Ralph Verney, removed the attainder upon Sir Robert Whittingham, whose daughter and heir Margaret had married Ralph Verney's son John, whereupon Margaret succeeded to Pendley, subject to the life-interest of Thomas Montgomery. John Verney died seised of the manor in right of Margaret, who survived him, in 1505, and was succeeded by his son Ralph Verney, who was subsequently knighted. Sir Ralph died in 1525, leaving his son Ralph a minor. He died in l556, and the manor came to his son Edmund, a minor at the time of his father's death. The wardship and marriage of Edmund and an annuity from the manor were granted in l547 to Sir Edmund Peckham. Edmund Verney seems to have fallen into disgrace under Queen Mary, and was in 1553 ordered to keep to his house during the Queen's pleasure. He died in 1558, without leaving issue, and the manor came to his third brother, Edmund Verney, jun., who died seised of it in 1600, leaving his son Francis a minor. Edmund's second wife Mary survived him, and having persuaded her husband before his death to divide the inheritance between her son Edmund and her stepson Francis, an Act of Parliament was obtained to ratify this, and on the attainment of his majority Sir Francis tried to obtain a reversal of it. He failed to do so, however, and after selling his inheritance he went abroad, and dissipated it. He was an associate of Richard Giffard, captain of a pirate fleet, and died at the Hospital of St. Mary of Pity at Messina in 1615. The manor of Pendley had been sold in 1606/7 by Mary Verney and Sir Francis and Ursula his wife to Richard Anderson, from whom the manor descended in the same way as Wiggington (q.v.)

In 1506 it was stated that about eighty years before, Pendley was 'a great town, whereof part lay in the parish of Tring and part in the parish of Aldbury. The part in the parish of Tring was held of the Archbishop of Canterbury as of his manor of Tring and the part in the parish of Aldbury of the manor of Aldbury, At that time there was no great mansion-house there, but there were in the town above thirteen plows besides divers handicraft men, as tailors, shoemakers and cardmakers with divers others. The town was afterwards cast down and laid to pasture by Sir Robert Whittingham, who built the said place at the west end there as the town sometimes stood, for the town was in the east and south part of the same place'. From further proceedings it seems that Sir Robert Whittingham also ploughed up a common way and in 1491/2 vestiges of the hedges still remained.

Letters and papers of the Verney family down to the end of the year 1639 By Verney family

Ralph Verney was the son of Ralph Verney (son of Edward Verney), b. London, d. June 16, 1478, married Emme widow of ? Pyking, she had a son John Pyking. Children of Ralph and Emme Verney: 1. Ralph, d. July 06, 1528, married Eleanor Pole, 2. John, d. August 31, 1505, married Margaret Whittingham, 3. Margaret, married Edward Raleigh, 4. Beatrice, married Henry Danvers.


I Ralph Verney d.1223 m. Amabella

II John Verney m. Alice de Bella Aqua or Bellew

III Ralph Verney

IV Robert Verney children: William, John

V John Verney

VI John Verney children: John, Edward

VII Edward Verney

VIII Ralph Verney

IX Ralph Verney d. 1478 m. Emme, widow Pyking children: Ralph, John, Margaret, Beatrice

X Ralph Verney d. 1528 m. Eleanor Pole

 XI    John Verney married twice 1st wife children: Robert, Mary, 2nd wife Dorothy

X John Verney d. 1505 m. Margaret Whittingham children: John, Robert, Ralph, Cecile, Ann

XI Ralph Verney d. 1525 m. 1st Margery Iwardby children: Ralph. m. 2nd 1511 Anne Weston children: Eleanor, Katherine, Anne, Francis. Also bastard dau. Cecille

XII Ralph Verney d. 1546 m. Elizabeth Bray children: Edmund (1), Anne, John, Edmund (2), Francis, Ralph, Urian, Richard, Dau.

XIII Edmund (1) Verney d. 1600 m.1st Frances Hastings, widow Redmayne, no children m. 2nd Audrey Gardener, widow Carew, children: Francis, m. 3rd Mary Blakeney (Turville)(St. Barbe) children: Edmund.

XIV Francis Verney b. 1584 d. 1615 m. Ursula St. Barbe, no children

XIV Edmund Verney b, 1589/90 d. 1642 m. Margaret Denton children: Ralph, Thomas, Edmund, Henry, John, Susanna, Penelope, Margaret, Cary, Mary, Richard.


----------------------------------------------- The Edinburgh Review: Or Critical Journal, Volume 176

By Sydney Smith, Lord Francis Jeffrey Jeffrey, Macvey Napier, Sir George Cornewall Lewis, William Empson, Arthur Ralph Douglas Elliot (Hon.), Henry Reeve, Harold Cox

p.412 The Verney's owned the manor of Claydon 'for fourteen generations, beginning with Sir Ralph, Lord Mayor of London in 1465, and M.P. for London in 1472, and going down to to Mary Verney, created Baroness Fermanagh, who died unmarried in 1810. She inherited the property in 1792 from her uncle Ralph, Earl Verney, and upon her death the estate was left to her half sister, Mrs. Wright.

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Sir Ralph Verney, Lord Mayor of London's Timeline

Fleet Marston, Buckinghamshire, England
Age 35
London, London, England
Age 39
Claydon, Buckinghamshire, England
Age 40
Fleet Marston, Buckinghamshire, England
Age 42
Claydon, Buckinghamshire, England
June 25, 1478
Age 68
St. Martin Pomeroy, London, Middlesex, England
June 1478
Age 68
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
November 19, 1921
Age 68
November 19, 1921
Age 68