William Verner (1782 - 1871):
William Verner was born in Churchill, County Armagh. He joined the army as a young man and survived the Penninsular campaign. At Waterloo he was severely wounded, but was promoted on the battlefield for his gallantry. He served as Member of Parliament for County Armagh from 1832 to 1868, having been returned nine times uncontested. He was a member of the Orange Order, and although he was dismissed as a magistrate in 1837 for proposing the toast of the 'Battle of the Diamond', he was created a baronet in 1846.