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Vernon, Admiral Edward (1684-1757)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 VER/A

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Vernon, Admiral Edward (1684-1757)

Date(s): [1632-1837]

Level of description: sub-fonds

Extent: 2ft; 61cm

Name of creator(s): Vernon | Edward | 1684-1757 | Admiral


Administrative/Biographical history:

Vernon, popularly referred to as 'Old Grog', became a lieutenant in 1702, a captain in 1706 and saw service in the Mediterranean, West Indies and the Baltic. At the outbreak of war with Spain in 1739 he was appointed Commander-in-Chief, West Indies, and was successful in capturing Portobello and at the bombardment of Cartagena, although unsuccessful in attempts to land at Cartagena and at Santiago de Cuba Vernon returned to England in 1742. In 1745, at the threat of a French invasion, he was appointed Commander-in-Chief at the Downs but fell foul of the Admiralty, was superseded and later struck off the list. He was Member of Parliament for Penryn, 1722-1734, Portsmouth, 1741, and Ipswich, 1741-1757. Among the biographies is G H Hartmann The angry Admiral, the later career of Edward Vernon, Admiral of the White (London, 1953). Many of the papers have been published by B McL. Ranft The Vernon papers (Navy Records Society, 1958).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Adml Edward Vernon, including a few letters, 1714-1716, from Vernon's father and brother. The main part of the collection consists of correspondence received and draft replies, 1739-1742 and 1745, as well as Vernon's own order books, 1739-1741, and his out-letterbook to the Admiralty. Also included in the collection are a few papers of other members of the Vernon family, 1632-1837.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Please contact the Archive for further information.

Conditions governing reproduction:

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Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue online at the: National Maritime Museum website .


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The papers were purchased at Sotheby's by Sir James Caird in 1934.



Archivist's note: Edited by Sarah Drewery, Oct 2011.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: 2010-08-26

Naval affairs | Military affairs | Military science | Social sciences

Personal names
Vernon | Edward | 1684-1757 | Admiral

Corporate names