Admiral Edward Vernon

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Date:1800 - 1810 (c.)

Description:Edward Vernon (1684-1757) was a naval officer, known as 'Old Grog' after his habit of wearing a grogram coat. He was the fourth son of Henry Vernon (1663-1732) of Hilton, Staffordshire. His chief claim to fame was his 1740 order to dilute rum with water and lemon or lime juice which unwittingly helped prevent scurvy amongst sailors.

Mezzotint by J. Faber after a painting of 1840 by Thomas Bardwell.

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Donor ref:SCBPC-2009-308 (129/24292)

Source: Staffordshire County Buildings Picture Collection

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