George Vernon (MP for Derby and Derbyshire)

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Haddon Hall, the home of the Vernons in Derbyshire

George Vernon (c. 1508 – 31 August 1565) was and a prosperous and hospitable landowner and MP in Derbyshire, who came from a long line of wealthy landowners. He was the son of Richard Vernon (d. 1517) and Margaret Dymoke.[1] His family seat was at Haddon Hall, England's best preserved medieval manor house and today a major tourist attraction. He was a Member (MP) of the Parliament of England for Derbyshire in 1542.[2]

Vernon had two daughters, Margaret (born c. 1540) and Dorothy (c. 1545 – 1584) by a first wife, Margaret, the daughter of Sir Gilbert Talbois.[3] His second wife was Maude, the daughter of Sir Ralph Longford, whom he married in the 1550s. In 1558, Margaret married Sir Thomas Stanley, a son of the 3rd Earl of Derby. Dorothy fell in love with John Manners (c. 1534 – 4 June 1611), the second son of Thomas Manners, 1st Earl of Rutland. Dorothy and John Manners were married in 1563;[4] there is evidence that Manners's brother-in-law, George Talbot, encouraged the match. Nevertheless, a legend grew up in the 19th century concerning a supposed elopement between Dorothy and John, and this legend has become the source of many novels, dramatisations and other fictional works.[5] If indeed the elopement happened, the couple were soon reconciled with Sir George Vernon, as they inherited Haddon Hall and half of the estate on his death two years later, and John was Sir George's executor.[6][7]

Vernon died in 1565. He was buried in the parish church of Bakewell.[8] Haddon Hall remains in the Manners family to the present day.[9]



  1. ^ Trutt, p. 36; and "George Vernon" in Collins
  2. ^ Vernon, George,
  3. ^ Rayner, p. 31
  4. ^ Dare, pp. 25 and 33; Trutt, p. 24
  5. ^ Trutt, p. 7
  6. ^ Trutt, p. 8
  7. ^ See "Haddon Hall". Britain Express, accessed 6 September 2011; and "Haddon Hall" Archived 2007-08-16 at the Wayback Machine.. Picturesque England,, accessed 6 September 2011.
  8. ^ Rayner, pp. 30–31
  9. ^ "Haddon Hall – the Estate". The Gilbert and Sullivan Archive, accessed 6 September 2011
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h Collins, Arthur; Brydges, Egerton Collins's peerage of England; genealogical, biographical, and historical, Vol. 7, 1812
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Richardson, Douglas; Everingham, Kimball G. Plantagenet Ancestry: A Study In Colonial And Medieval Families, 2nd Edition, Vol. 1, 2011


  • Collins, Arthur and Egerton Brydges (1812). Collins's peerage of England; genealogical, biographical, and historical. 7. Arthur Collins.
  • Dare, M. Paul (1924). Ayleston Manor and Church. Leicester: Edgar Backus.
  • Rayner, Simeon (2006). The History and Antiquities of Haddon Hall (PDF). London: R. Moseley.
  • Trutt, David (2006). Haddon Hall's Dorothy Vernon (PDF). Los Angeles, California: David Trutt.