VERE, a surname,
anciently variously written de Vere, Very, Were, and Weir. Radulphus or
Ralph de Vere, held large estates in Lanarkshire, temp. Alexander II.
The eventual heiress of these estates, Catherine, only child of Sir
William Weir, 2d Bart. Of Blackwood, married in 1733, Hon. Charles Hope,
of Craigiehall, 2d son of 3d Earl of Hopetoun. The descendant and
representative of the family, William Edward Hope Vere, Esq., of
Craigiehall and Blackwood, born in 1824, succeeded his father in 1843,
and married in 1857, Lady Mary Emily Boyle, sister of 9th earl of Cork,
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