Thursday, 4 January 2007

Bookplate Lord Verney

Sir Ralph Verney, P.C., F.R.S., 2nd Earl Verney, (c. 1712-1791)
4th Baronet Verney, of Middle Claydon, co. Buckingham [cr. 1661], 3rd Baron Verney of Belturbet, co. Cavan (cr. 1703], 2nd Earl Verney, in the province of Leinster [cr. 1743], and 3rd Viscount of the County of Fermanagh [cr. 1703]
Arms: Verney with Herring on an escutcheon.

Sir Ralph Verney was the son of Sir Ralph Verney, 1st Earl Verney and Catherine Paschall. He married Mary Herring, daughter of Henry Herring.
He was a member of the Whig party and M.P. holding office for several periods between 1753 and 1784, first for Wendover and then for Carmarthen and for Buckinghamshire. On 1758 he was elected a Fellow of the, Royal Society (F.R.S.)and on 1765 became a Privy Counsellor (P.C.)
He was a direct descendant of Sir Edmund Verney (1590-1642) of Middle Claydon who was knight-marshal to King Charles I and who bore the royal standard at Nottingham (1642) and while defending it was slain at the battle of Edgehill. The latter’s younger son, Sir Edmund (1616-–1649), a keen Royalist was murdered in cold blood by Cromwell's soldiers at the sack of Drogheda.
A close friend of Edmund Burke and of the Marquess of Rockingham, Lord Verney spent a fortune trying to rebuild the family’s Claydon House without having succeeded, due to shortness of funds.
Seat – Claydon House and
Photo: mark.Murphy
Bibliogr.: Verney, Frances Parthenope de, & Margaret M Verney (compilers), Memoirs of the Verney Family during the Seventeenth Century, London, Longmans Green, 1907, 2 Volumes
John Broad, Transforming English Rural Society - The Verneys and the Claydons, 1600-1820, Cambridge Studies in Population, Economy and Society in Past Time (No. 40)
Miriam Slater, Family life in the seventeenth century. The Verneys of Claydon House, London, Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1984

Tuesday, 2 January 2007

Comtesse de Langeac

Probably belonging to Marie-Magdelaine-Joseph-Aglaé de Cusacque (1725-1778), dau. of Robert-Edmond de Cusacque, maréchal des camps et armées du Roi and Marie-Anne-Isabelle-Brigitte Fitz-Gerald.
Married Etienne-Joseph de Lespinasse, comte de Langeac, but was best known as the mistress of the Duke de La Vrillère.
Louis-Phélypeaux de La Vrillière, comte de Saint-Florentin, duc de La Vrillère (1705-1777) was a Minister of Louis XV (1761-1775) who bought for his mistress, the future comtesse de Langeac, a charming house, later known as the Hotel de Langeac, rue de Berri, near the Avenue des Chams-Elysées.
The house also became famous because it was the residence of Thomas Jefferson – American Ambassador to France, from 1785 to 1789. Jefferson rented the Hotel de Langeac from the countess' son Auguste Louis Joseph Fidèle Armand, comte de Langeac (see, Howard C. Rice, Jr., L'Hotel de Langeac, Paris and Monticello, 1947).