Rev. William Venables-Vernon Harcourt (1789 – April 1871) was an English cleric, founder of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, canon residentiary of the York Cathedral, Dean of Chichester, and later rector of Bolton Percy .
Sir William George Granville Venables Vernon Harcourt KC (14 October 1827 – 1 October 1904) was a British lawyer, journalist and Liberal statesman. He served as Member of Parliament for Oxford, Derby then West Monmouthshire and held the offices of Home Secretary and Chancellor of the Exchequer under William Ewart Gladstone before becoming Leader of the Opposition.
The discovery of the hoard was a spur to the formation in 1822 of the Yorkshire Philosophical Society (YPS) to provide a repository for the fossil bones and Vernon Harcourt became its first president (1822-1831) although he was not directly concerned with the discovery of the bones. But he had useful relatives and friends in high places.
Sir William Harcourt, in full Sir William George Granville Venables Vernon Harcourt, (born Oct. 14, 1827, York, Yorkshire, Eng.—died Oct. 1, 1904, Nuneham Courtnay, Oxfordshire), British lawyer, journalist, politician, and cabinet member in five British Liberal governments, who in 1894 achieved a major reform in death duties, or estate taxation.
William George Granville Venables Vernon Harcourt was born at York on 14 October 1827, of a land-owning and clerical family which traced its ancestry to the Plantagenet kings. His elder brother, Edward Harcourt, was a staunch Conservative and for eight years an MP. William Harcourt’s views, however, began to take a Liberal turn in the early ...
William Vernon-Harcourt was born in month 1789, at birth place, to Edward Venables-Vernon-Harcourt and Anne Stafford Venables-Vernon-Harcourt (born Leveson-Gower). Edward was born on October 10 1757, in Sudbury Hall, Derbyshire.
HARCOURT, WILLIAM VERNON (1789–1871), virtual founder of the British Association, born at Sudbury, Derbyshire, in 1789, was fourth son of Edward Harcourt [q. v.], archbishop of York. After he had served in the navy, on the West Indian station, for five years, his father yielded to his wish to become a clergyman, and he became a student of Christ Church, Oxford, in 1807.