Famous people called "Vernon"

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The best genealogies of Vernon have been performed but it would be too long to publish them here, but it must be known for example in 1467 during the War of the Roses (a thorny battle to take the power in England) opposing the Yorks to the Lancasters, William Vernon found safety in our walls. (...)

In this same famous family there was Admiral Edward Vernon, born in Westminster in 1684. This officer after many victories, but for having disobeyed to the orders of the Admiraulty and for having forced his crew to serve in unbearable conditions, was ruled off the list of admirals. His crew feared him, ans this rightly so, his character not being easy. They gave him the name of "Old Grog" in relation with his coat which he wore in all weathers, a coat made in a thick silk material which in England is called "grogram" and in Italian "grossagrana".
As we have been told, he was ruled off the list of admirals for having been too severe with his men. It must be said that in those days, rhum was drunk like water on the vessels and it wasn't always easy to command a crew pickled in rhum.
Had "Old Grog" the simple but genious idea, this being in 1740, to add hot water to the alcohol... The first grog was served... And to this day, many more have flowed, the recipe becoming very soon quite successful. It is baptised grog after the nickname of the Admiral Edward Vernon, the inventor of this beverage. Today we have added sugar and lemon juice ans it is a strong enemys of colds and influenza... May a tribute be paid to this grand Vernon, friend of humanity who died in the year 1757 on his land of Nacton in Suffolk.
His family appear to have moved to Wherstead the other side of the River Orwell.

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The origin of the name "Vernon"

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