Manuscripts and Special Collections

Biography of Granville Harcourt Vernon (1792-1879)

Granville Vernon was the seventh son of Edward Venables-Vernon, Archbishop of York (1757-1847), who was a younger son of George Venables-Vernon, 1st Baron Vernon of Kinderton. The Archbishop assumed the sole name Harcourt in 1832 on succeeding to his cousin's estates, and Granville took the additional name surname Harcourt.

Granville trained as a barrister. He was Chancellor of the Diocese of York, and M.P. for Aldborough, 1815-1820, and for East Retford, 1831-1847. He was a trustee of the settled estates of his brother-in-law the 2nd Earl Manvers. He was a member of the local Board of Guardians from its inception in 1836, and was Chairman from 1845 until he retired in 1860.

Granville inherited the Grove and Headon estates of his father-in-law Anthony Hardolph Eyre in 1836. The estates passed after his death to his second son the Rev. Evelyn H. Harcourt-Vernon, his elder son having predeceased him.


He married 1stly in 1814 Frances Julia, third daughter of Anthony Hardolph Eyre of Grove (d 1844), and had:

  • Granville Edward Harcourt Vernon (1816-1861), M.P., m in 1854 Lady Selina Catherine Meade, daughter of the 3rd Earl of Clanwilliam. No issue
  • Evelyn Hardolph Harcourt-Vernon (1821-1890)
  • Major Henry Arthur Harcourt-Vernon (1835-1862)
  • Captain Charles Egerton Harcourt-Vernon (1827-1872), Captain in the Royal Navy, m in 1865 Louisa Anne Garth
  • Marianne Harcourt-Vernon (1823-1873), m in 1843 Humphrey St. John Mildmay, M.P.

He married 2ndly in 1845 the Hon. Pyne Jesse Brand-Trevor (d 1872), daughter of Henry Otwar, 22nd Lord Dacre, and widow of John Henry Cotterell. There were no children of this marriage.

Archive Collections

  • Three receipted bills for household furniture and decoration, charged to Granville Harcourt Vernon, 1847-48, are part of the Eyre collection held in Manuscripts and Special Collections at the University of Nottingham
  • A number of letters and other documents held in other collections in Manuscripts and Special Collections at the University of Nottingham, principally the Newcastle and Portland collections, relate to Granville Harcourt Vernon. See all catalogue records


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