Background and education
Born Harry Calvert, he was the oldest son of
Sir Harry Calvert, 1st Baronet and his wife Caroline Hammersley, second daughter of Thomas Hammersley.
 He was first educated at
Harrow School, and then, aged fifteen, went to the
Royal Military Academy Sandhurst as one of its first cadets.
 In 1826, he succeeded his father as
baronet and in the following year, he changed his surname by Royal Licence to Verney to inherit the
Verney family estates of his cousin
Mary Verney, 1st Baroness Fermanagh.
 From 1831, he studied at
Downing College, Cambridge,
Adam Sedgwick and