Sir Edmund Verney was a dyed in the wool Royalist, appointed member of parliament for Buckingham and Knight Marshal of England for life, which required his presence at court. While he had a deep personal loyalty to King Charles, he often found himself opposing the religious policies of the Royalist camp.
Upon the outbreak of war, he joined King Charles’ army, while his son, Ralph, joined the Parliamentarians. At Edgehill, he fought shoulder-to-shoulder with the king, cutting down sixteen Parliamentarians before eventually succumbing to his wounds. Legend has it that his body was never recovered, only his right hand, still grasping the royal standard!