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Grey (of Codnor), Baron (E, 1397)

 

Creation: writ sum. 17 Sep 1397

 

Family name: Grey later Cornwall-Legh

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Garter stall plate of Richard [de Grey], 1st Baron Grey (of Codnor), KG

A cut-out plate representing the arms, Barry of six Argent and Azure, with silver

helm and crest, a Peacock's Head and Wings Argent within a Crown Gules. The

bird's plumage is continued downwards to form a silver feathered mantling which

is lined with ermine. The helm and crest are turned to the sinister so as to face

the High Altar.

 

(Plate XXI from W H St John Hope: The Stall Plates of the Knights of the Order of the Garter 1348-1485)

 

Arms:

Quarterly:  1st, Argent a Lion rampant Gules charged for distinction on the shoulder with an Ermine Spot Or (Legh);  2nd, Ermine a Lion rampant Gules crowned Or a Bordure engrailed Sable bezanty (Cornwall);  3rd, Per pale Azure and Vert on a Fess dancettée between three Mural Crowns Or a Crescent Gules between two Torteaux (Walker);  4th, Barry of six Argent and Azure (Grey)

Crest:

A Demi Lion rampant Gules collared Or and charged for distinction on the shoulder with an Ermine Spot as in the arms

Supporters:

On either side a Demi Lion rampant Gules crowned charged on the shoulder with an Ermine Spot and conjoined with the wings and tails of a Wyvern erect Or

Motto:

Play Fair

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Richard [de Grey], 1st Baron Grey (of Codnor), KG

1st son of Sir Henry de Grey, by his wife Johanna Cobham, dau. of Reynold [de Cobham], Baron Cobham of Sterborough

born

c.1371

mar.

bef. 1378 Elizabeth Basset (d. c.1446), only child of Ralph [Basset], 3rd Baron Bassett (of Sapcote), by his second wife Alice Derby, dau. of John Derby

children

1. John de Grey, later 2nd Baron Grey (of Codnor)

2. Henry de Grey, later 3rd Baron Grey (of Codnor)

1. Elizabeth de Grey (d. 1460), mar. Sir John La Zouche, of Bulwick, co. Northampton, 2nd son of 5th Baron Zouche of Haryngworth, and had issue

2. Eleanor de Grey, mar. Sir Thomas Newport, of High Ercall, co. Shropshire, and had issue

3. Lucy de Grey, mar. as his 2nd wife Sir Rowland Lenthall, of Bessels Leigh Manor, co. Berkshire, and Maenan Hall, co. Caernarvon, and had issue

4. Jane de Grey, mar. (1) Sir William de Harcourt, and (2) Ralph de Ferrers

died

1 Aug 1418

created

by writ of summons 17 Sep 1397 Baron Grey, of Codnor in the County of Derby

suc. by

son

note

 

Editor's Note:

Although The Complete Peerage and other reference works show Richard Grey and his grandfather, great-grandfather and great-grandfather having received summonses to Parliament prior to 17 Sep 1397, there is no evidence that these so-called Barons Grey (of Codnor) had sat in Parliament following receipt of their summons.  There was no such doubt regarding the 1397 summons and consequently the House of Lords held in 1989 that the Barony of Grey (of Codnor) had been established at that date.

 

John [de Grey], 2nd Baron Grey (of Codnor)

born

c.1396

died

s.p. 1430/1

suc. by

brother

 

Henry [de Grey], 3rd Baron Grey (of Codnor)

born

c.1406

mar.

bef. 1434 Margaret Percy (mar. (2) Sir Richard Vere, 4th son of John [de Vere], 12th Earl of Oxford;  d. 1464), 2nd dau. and cohrss. of Sir Henry Percy, of Atholl, by his wife Elizabeth Braose, dau. of Sir William Braose, of Gower

children

1. Henry de Grey, later 4th Baron Grey (of Codnor)

2. William de Grey, Bishop of Ely (d. 1478)

died

17 Jul 1444

suc. by

son

 

Henry [de Grey], 4th Baron Grey (of Codnor)

born

c.1438

mar.

29 Aug 1454 Katharine Strangways, dau. of Sir Thomas Strangways, by his wife Lady Katharine Nevill, 1st dau. by his second wife of Ralph [Nevill], 1st Earl of Westmorland

died

s.p.legit. 8 Apr 1496

 

On his death the Barony of Grey (of Codnor) fell into abeyance between the issue of his three aunts, daughters of the 1st Baron:  Lucy, Lady Lenthall, Eleanor, Lady Newport, and Elizabeth, Lady La Zouche.  The abeyance was terminated on 30 Oct 1989 after over 493 years in favour of the senior representative of Lucy, Lady Lenthall:

 

Charles Legh Shildham [Walker later Cornwall-Legh], 5th Baron Grey (of Codnor), CBE

1st son of Charles Henry George Walker later Cornwall-Legh, of High Legh, co. Cheshire (by his wife Geraldine Maud Shildham, dau. of Lt Col Arthur James Shildham), 1st son of Charles Walker, by his wife Gertrude Mary Cornwall Legh, 1st dau. of Rev Henry Cornwall Legh, Rector of Welsh Hampton, co. Shropshire (by his wife Mary Williams, 1st dau. and cohrss. of Martin Williams, of Bryngwyn, co. Montgomery), 2nd son of George John Legh, of High Legh, co. Cheshire (by his wife Mary Blackburne, dau. of John Blackburne MP, of Hale, co. Lancaster), 1st son of Henry Cornwall Legh, of High Legh, co. Chester (by his wife Elizabeth Hopkinson, dau. and cohrss. of Robert Hopkinson, of Heath Hall, co. York), 1st son of George Legh, of High Legh, co. Chester, by his wife Anna Maria Cornewall, only child and hrss. of Francis Cornewall, of Burford, co. Shropshire (by his wife Mary Woodhouse, dau. and hrss. of James Woodhouse, of Woodhouse), 1st son of Thomas Cornewall, of Burford, co. Shropshire (by his wife Katherine Read), 1st son of Thomas Cornewall, of Burford, co. Shropshire (by his wife and cousin Anne Reade, dau. of Thomas Reade, of Ipsden, co. Oxford), 1st son of Sir Gilbert Cornewall, of Burford, co. Shropshire (by his wife Elizabeth Reade, dau. of Sir Thomas Reade, of Beedon, Barton, Ipsden and Dunstew, co. Oxford), 1st son of Sir Thomas Cornewall, of Burford, co. Shropshire (by his wife Anne Lyttelton, dau. of Sir Gilbert Lyttelton), 1st son of Thomas Cornewall, of Burford, co. Shropshire (by his wife Katherine Hartley, dau. of John Hartley), 2nd son of Richard Cornewall, of Burford, co. Shropshire (by his wife Janet Wogan, dau. and sole hrss. of Henry Wogan), only surv. son of Sir Thomas Cornewall, of Burford, co. Shropshire (by his wife Anne Corbet, dau. of Sir Richard Corbet), only son of Sir Edmund Cornewall, of Burford, co. Shropshire (by his wife Maria Hoorde, dau. of Thomas Hoorde), 1st son of Thomas Cornewall, of Burford, co. Shropshire, by his wife Elizabeth Lenthall, only dau. and hrss. of Sir Roland Lenthall, of Lenthall, co. Hereford, by his wife Lucy Grey, 1st dau. and in her issue cohrss. of Richard [Grey], 1st Baron Grey of Codnor

born

10 Feb 1903

mar.

8 Feb 1930 Dorothy Catherine Whitson Scott (d. 1993), 1st dau. of John Whitson Scott, of Seal, Sevenoaks, co. Kent

children

1. Hon Richard Henry Cornwall-Leigh, later 6th Baron Grey (of Codnor)

1. Hon Rosemary Cornwall-Leigh (b. 11 Mar 1932), mar. 25 May 1959 (div. 1993) Maj Hugh Charles Desmond Laing, only son of Capt Hugh Desmond Bertram Laing, of London, and has an adopted daughter

2. Hon Julia Margaret Cornwall-Leigh (b. 4 Dec 1939), mar. 1978 Dr Max Prola, of The Croft, High Legh, co. Chester, only child of Joseph Prola, of New York, USA, and formerly of Aglie, Italy

died

23 Dec 1996

suc. by

son

note

a claim to be one of the coheirs of the Barony of Grey (of Codnor) was first presented by Charles Henry George Walker later Cornwall-Legh in 1926.  He died in 1934 before the case could be heard by the Committee for Privileges, the petition was presented again in 1935 and later referred to the Committee by the King, Edward VIII, in November 1936.  It was not actually heard by the Committee until 1989, when they agreed that there were good reasons to overrule the recommendation of the 1926 Select Committee on Peerages in Abeyance that no abeyance should be terminated if the peerage in question had fallen into abeyance more than 100 years before the presentation of the petition, as was certainly the case here.

 

Richard Henry [Cornwall-Legh], 6th Baron Grey (of Codnor), DL

born

14 May 1936

mar.

28 Sep 1974 Joanna Storm Cayley, 7th dau. of Maj Sir Kenelm Cayley, 10th Bt., of Brompton, co. York, by his wife Francis Elizabeth Edwyna Brewis, 1st dau. of Lt Col Francis Bertie Brewis, of Norton Grove, Malton, co. York

children

1. Hon Richard Stephen Cayley Cornwall-Legh (b. 24 Mar 1976), mar. 9 Apr 2005 Annie Helen Riches, 3rd dau. of Frederick Riches, of Banbury, co. Oxford, and had issue:

1a. Caspian Richard Cornwall-Legh (b. 6 Feb 2008)

2a. Arthur Henry Cornwall-Legh, twin (b. 15 Mar 2010)

1a. Helena Savannah Cornwall-Legh, twin (b. 15 Mar 2010)

2. Hon Kenelm Michael Cornwall-Legh (b. 12 Apr 1978), mar. Victoria Howard Jones, 1st dau. of ..... Howard Jones, of Foxton, and has issue

3. Hon George Henry Cornwall-Legh (b. 25 Feb 1982)

1. Hon Caroline Philadelphia Cornwall-Legh (b. 11 Mar 1983)

 

 Last updated 15 Jan 2017

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Title:

6th Baron Grey, of Codnor in the County of Derby

(England, writ sum. 17 Sep 1397)

 

Address:

High Legh House, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 0QR

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