Vernon (No. 1.) family genealogy

Of Clontarf, County Dublin[1]

Arms: Ar. a fret sa. Crest: A boar’s head erased sa. ducally gorged or. Motto: Vernon semper viret.

We find that this ancient family can trace its descent in the female line from Edward Plantagenet (died 1296), Earl of Lancaster, and son of Henry III., King of England; and in the male line, back to A.D. 1052.

Colonel Edward Vernon, of North Aston, in Staffordshire, England, second son of Sir Edward Vernon (d. 1657), of Houndshill and Sudbury, England, was one of the A.D. 1649 Officers;[2] he landed with Charles the Second at Dover in 1660; and by that Monarch was granted the Manor of Clontarf. From John, a younger brother of the said Colonel Edward Vernon, this family is descended.

1. John (d. 13th March, 1670): third son of Sir Edward Vernon, of Houndshill and Sudbury, England; was twice m. His first wife was Anne, dau. of James Huish, Esq., of Sand, Devon, by whom he had a son:

  1. John, who d. unm. in London.

The second wife was Elizabeth, daughter of Fulke Walwyn, Esq., of Much Marcle, Hereford, by whom he had:

  1. Rev. Edward Vernon.

2. Rev. Edward Vernon, of Redmile, in Leicestershire: son and heir of John; m. Lettice, dau. of John Bankes, of Uttoxeter, in Staffordshire, and had two sons and a daughter:

  1. John, of whom presently.
  2. Rev. Edward, D.D., Rector of St. George’s, Bloomsbury, in Middlesex, who died unm. in 1765.
  3. Catherine, who m. Mr. Yeates.

3. John, of Clontarf Castle: son of Rev. Edward; m. Dorothy (died 1773), sister of Hans Otto Grahn, a Hanoverian nobleman, and had two sons and one daughter:

  1. George, of whom presently.
  2. Edward, of Dublin, who m. in 1760, his cousin Caroline-Catherine Yeates, and by her had seven sons:
    1. John-Frederick, who d. 1765.
    2. George-William, Barrister-at-Law, who d. unm. in 1792.
    3. Francis, R.N., who d.s.p. in 1796.
    4. Sir Charles Hawley, who d. unm. in 1835.
    5. Lieut.-Col. Brabazon-Dean, who m. Helen, daughter of Harmer Bond, Esq., of Ballynahallick, near Rockmills, co. Cork.
    6. Henry, who, in 1796, m. Frances, dau. of Thomas Plunkett, Esq., of Portmarnock, and had: I. Rev. George-Edward Vernon, of Grosvenor Place, Bath, England, who was twice m.: first, to Miss Kingsbury, dau. of Archdeacon Kingsbury, and by her had no issue; his second wife was Harriet, dau. of Lieut-Col. Henry Bruen, of Oak Park, county Carlow, M.P., and by her had a son John Bruen, (d. 1873), who had a son and a daughter:
    7. Harcourt, who d. unm.
  3. Charlotte Vernon, daughter of John, of Clontarf; m. Thomas Wright, Esq., of Houghton, in Derbyshire.

4. George, of Clontarf Castle, Barrister-at-Law; son of John; Will dated 1st May, 1785, and proved 5th May, 1787; m. Elizabeth Hughes, widow, and had two sons and two daughters:

  1. John, of whom presently.
  2. George, who d. unm. in 1802.
  3. Frances-Dorothy, who on the 22nd October. 1776, m. James Crawford, Esq., of Auburn, co. Dublin, and d. 20th July, 1844.
  4. Diana, who m. Sir Brodrick Chinnery, Bart.

5. John, of Clontarf Castle: son of George; m. in 1780, Elizabeth, dau. of H. Fletcher, Esq., of Newtown Park, county Dublin, and by her had two sons and three daughters:

  1. George, of whom presently.
  2. Rev. John-Fane, of Aubawn, co. Cavan, who (see the next succeeding Genealogy), was the ancestor of the “Vernon” family of Ballyhugh, county Cavan.
  3. Frances, who married Bertram Mitford, Esq., Barrister-at-Law.
  4. Elizabeth, who mar. Charles Arthur Tisdall, Esq., of Charlesfort, co. Meath.
  5. Maria, whose first husband was the Honourable and Rev. Pierce Butler, brother of the third Earl of Carrick; her second husband was Walter Fawkes, Esq., of Farnley, in Yorkshire.

6. George, of Clontarf Castle, (who d. 1822): son of John; m. in 1808, Henrietta-Maria, daughter of Wilson Gale-Braddyll, Esq., of Conishead Priory, near Ulverston, in Lancashire, and had six sons and three daughters:

  1. George Braddyll, of Clontarf, Castle, who d. unm., and was succeeded by his next brother.
  2. John Edward Venables, of whom presently.
  3. Charles Pierce, who d. unm.
  4. Walter Fawkes, who d. unm.
  5. Braddyll Francis, who d. unm.
  6. Henry Townley, a Lieutenant in the R.N.
  7. Henrietta-Jane, who m. Henry Pelham Clay, Esq., of Nottinghamshire, son of General Clay.
  8. Elizabeth-Charlotte, who m. the Right Honble. John Parker, late Secretary to the Admiralty.
  9. Maria-Frances, whose first husband was George Colman, Esq.; the second husband was Mr. Napier.

7. John Edward Venables Vernon, of Clontarf Castle, co. Dublin, J.P., D.L., living in 1888: second son of George; b. 1813; m. first, on 20th Aug., 1836, Louisa Catharine (died 12th August, 1853), only daughter of Charles Proby Bowles, of Park Lane, London, and had five sons and one daughter:

  1. Edward, of whom presently.
  2. Charles-Albert, b. 17th Jan., 1840.
  3. Forbes-George, b. 21st Aug., 1843.
  4. Granville-William, born 2nd July, 1845.
  5. John-Francis-Henry, b. 31st Jan., 1848.
  6. Louisa Emily, who married 2nd June, 1863, George-William, second son of Edmond Floyd Cuppage, of Clare Grove, co. Dublin.

Mr. John Edward Venables Vernon, m. secondly, on 25th Sept., 1856, the Honble. Rosa Gertrude Harriet Daly (d.s.p. 31st August, 1859), dau. of James, first Lord Dunsandle.

8. Edward Vernon: son of John Edward Venables Vernon; living in 1888; b. 31st Jan., 1838; m. on 27th March, 1861, Jane, daughter of Mathew Brinkley, Esq., of Parsonstown, co. Meath, son of the Right Rev. John Brinkley, D.D., Bishop of Cloyne.


[1] Vernon: Among the “Papist Proprietors” in Ireland, whose estates were confiscated under the Cromwellian Settlement, appears the name of “John Vernon, of Clonmore,” in the Barony of Ardee, county Louth; so that we thus find there was a “Vernon” Family in Ireland before the Commonwealth period.—See the last name in the barony of Ardee, under the heading “Forfeiting Proprietors,” in the county Louth, in p. 254 of our Irish Landed Gentry when Cromwell came to Ireland.

[2] Officers: For a List of “The 1649 Officers,” see pp. 372—411. Ibid.