Henry VERNON of Sudbury (MP)

Died: 29 Sep 1569

Father: John VERNON (Sir)

Mother: Helen MONTGOMERY

Married: Margaret SWYNNERTON (dau. of Humphrey Swinnerton of Swinnerton and Cassandra Giffard) 3 May 1547


1. Henry VERNON of Hilton (Sir)

The details in this biography come from the History of Parliament, a biographical dictionary of Members of the House of Commons.

Born by 1523, son of Sir John Vernon of Sudbury by Helen, dau. and coh. of Sir John Montgomery of Cubley. Married Margaret, dau. and coh. of Humphrey Swynnerton of Swynnerton and Hilton, Staffs., 2s. 3da. Suc. fa. 4 Feb. 1545.

J.p.q. Derbys. 1558/59-?d., Staffs. 1564.

Born into a cadet branch of the celebrated family of Haddon, Henry Vernon inherited considerable lands in Derbyshire, including the manor and lordship of Sudbury, and in Staffordshire, where his wife added the manor of Hilton on her fatherís death in 1562. According to the inscription formerly at Shareshill, Swynnerton died on 25 Aug 1562. No inquisition has been found, although a writ was issued on 17 Oct 1562, but the will was proved on 9 Feb 1563 and the deed allotting Swynnerton to Elizabeth Gatacre (the widow of William Fitzherbert) and Hilton to Margaret Vernon was drawn up on 8 May 1564.

It was presumably to his own and his fatherís marriage connexions that Vernon owed his election for Lichfield to Maryís second Parliament. Patronage at Lichfield lay with William, Lord Paget, whose favour Vernon could have secured through his father-in-law, himself returned to that Parliament for Stafford, or his uncle Sir Thomas Giffard, knight of the shire in the previous one. For the knighthood of his own shire in the next Parliament Vernon need have looked no further than his cousin Sir George Vernon, the ĎKing of the Peakí, who had probably been brought up with him at Sudbury. Both Vernon and his fellow-knight Sir Peter Frescheville quitted this Parliament without leave before its dissolution, as did the two Members for Derby. Prosecuted in the Kingís bench in the following Easter term, Vernon and Frescheville shared the experience of being repeatedly distrained for non-appearance until they both made appearance in Hilary term 1557 and were given days in the following term to answer. A year later they were each fined £4. Vernon was also in trouble in 1555 for his excessive apparel and his escort of liveried retainers at the assizes and sessions of the peace. In 1556 he took part in the trial of Joan Waste for heresy.

The only mentions of Vernon in connexion with the wars of his time appear to be his receipt of money for men sent to France in 1544 and his summons to lead 200 men to Scotland early in 1560. By then he had been put on the Derbyshire bench but he may have been removed after being judged Ďan adversary of religioní in 1564. In his will of 1 Mar 1568 he bequeathed to his younger son Henry, for whom his wife was to hold it until Henry became 18, the lease of Hazlebadge in the Peak granted to his father by Sir George Vernon, although a servant later accused Margaret Vernon of substituting Henryís name for his elder brother Johnís at this point in the will as well as of similarly defrauding the eldest daughter of a bequest of 500 marks. Vernon divided his library equally between the sons. He died on 29 Sep 1569. There is no trace of the monument which he charged his executors, his wife, Sir Humphrey Bradbourne and Serjeant Richard Harpur, to erect in the chancel of Sudbury church.


Black C. J.:  https://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/volume/1509-1558/member/vernon-henry-1523-69

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