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Grey of Wilton, Baron (E, 1290 - forfeited 1603)

 

Creation: writ summ. 29 May 1292

 

Forfeited: 18 Nov 1603

 

Family name: Grey

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Arms:

Barry of six Argent and Azure in chief three Torteaux over all a Label of three points Argent

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Reynold [de Grey], 1st Baron Grey of Wilton

son and heir of Sir John de Grey, of Shirland, co. Derby, by his second wife Emma de Segrave, widow of John de Segrave, and dau. of Roger de Cauz, by his wife Nichole de Leigh, dau. and hrss. of Bartholomew de Leigh

born

 

mar.

Maud de Longchamp (d. bef. 21 Nov 1302), dau. and hrss. of Sir Henry de Longchamp. of Wilton, co. Hereford

only child

1. John de Grey, later 2nd Baron Grey of Wilton

died

5 Apr 1308

created

by writ of summons 29 May 1290 Baron Grey of Wilton

suc. by

son

note

granted a weekly market at his manor of Wilton, co. Hereford, 1257;  Sheriff of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire and Constable of Nottingham Castle in succession to his late father 1265/6;  delivered up Nottingham Castle to Roger de Leyburne 1266;  Constable of Northampton Castle 1267-67/8;  Justice of Chester, Constable of Chester Castle and Sheriff of Cheshire 1270-74;  summ. for military service at various times between 1274 and 1306;  Justice of Chester, Keeper of Cheshire, of all the demesne lands of the King in that county, of the Castle of Flint and Chester, and the cantreds of Englefield and Ros, etc., for 8 years from 1281 at a rent of 1,000 marks a year;  reappointed for 9 years from 1290 at a rent of 727 marks 8s.;  granted seisin of the lands Bromfield and Yale, co. Denbigh, 1282, and later the same year the Castle of Ruthin, the cantred of Dyffryn Clwyd, and the lands that had belonged to Gwenllian de Lascy in the cantreds of Dyffryn Clwyd and Englefield, to hold in fee by service of three knights' fees;  at the Battle of Falkirk 1298;  signed the Baron's letter to the Pope 1300/1

 

John [de Grey], 2nd Baron Grey of Wilton

born

c. 1268

mar. (1)

Anne de Ferrers, sister of William [de Ferrers], 1st Baron Ferrers of Groby, and dau. of Sir William de Ferrers, of Groby, co. Leicester, Newbottle, co. Northampton, Woodham Ferris, Stebbing and Fairsted, co. Essex, and Bolton-le-Moors, co. Lancaster (by his first wife Anne le Despencer, dau. of Sir Hugh le Despencer, of Ryhall, co. Rutland, Loughborough, co. Leicester, Parlington, co. York, etc., Justiciar of England), 2nd son by his second wife of William [de Ferrers], 5th Earl of Derby

children by first wife

1. Henry de Grey, later 3rd Baron Grey of Wilton

1. Joan de Grey (d. bef. 5 Apr 1353), mar. after 27 Mar 1304 Ralph [Basset], 2nd Basset of Drayton, and had issue

mar. (2)

Maud Basset, dau. of Sir Ralph Basset, of Drayton, co. Stafford, by his wife Margaret de Somery, dau. of Sir Roger de Somery, of Dudley, co .Worcester, by his first wife Lady Nicole de Albini, dau. and eventual cohrss. of William [de Albini], 3rd Earl of Arundel

only child by second wife

2. Roger de Grey, later 1st Baron Grey of Ruthin

died

28 Oct 1323

suc. by

son by first wife

note

summ. for military service at various times between 1308 and 1323; founded a collegiate church at Ruthin 1310; at the Battle of Bannockburn 1314; Justiciar of North Wales and Keeper of the King's castles and lands in those parts 1314/5-16; accompanied the King to France 1320 and Scotland 1322

 

Henry [de Grey], 3rd Baron Grey of Wilton

born

28 Oct 1281

mar.

Anne de Rockley, dau. and hrss. of Ralph de Rockley, by his wife Isabel de Clare, dau. of William de Clare

only child

1. Reynold Grey, later 4th Baron Grey of Wilton

died

10 or 16 Dec 1342

suc. by

son

note

summ. for military service at various times between 1322 and 1335

 

Reynold [Grey], 4th Baron Grey of Wilton

born

1 Nov 1311

mar.

bef. 10 Jan 1327/8 Maud de Botetourt (d. 14 Sep 1391), dau. of Sir John de Botetourt, of Weoley, co. Worcester

only child

1. Henry Grey, later 5th Baron Grey of Wilton

died

28 May or 4 Jun 1370

suc. by

son

note

 

Henry [Grey], 5th Baron Grey of Wilton

born

c 1340

mar.

bef. 3 Feb 1379/80 Elizabeth Talbot (d. 10 Jan 1401/2), only dau. of Gilbert [Talbot], 3rd Baron Talbot, by his first wife Lady Pernel Butler, only dau. of James [Butler], 1st Earl of Ormonde, by his wife Lady Eleanor de Bohun, 1st dau. of Humphrey [de Bohun], 4th Earl of Hereford and 9th Earl of Essex, by his wife and third cousin Princess Elizabeth, widow of John I, Count of Holland and Zealand, and 10th dau. by his first wife of King Edward I

children

1. Richard Grey, later 6th Baron Grey of Wilton

1. Margaret Grey (d. 1 Jun 1454), mar. (1) John [Darcy], 5th Baron Darcy de Knayth, and (2) as his second wife bef. 12 Jul 1421 Sir Thomas Swynford, of Coleby and Kettlethorpe, co. Lincoln (b. 24 Feb 1372/3; d. 2 Apr 1432), son and heir of Sir Hugh de Swynford, of Kettlethorpe, co. Lincoln, by his wife Katherine de Roet, later mistress and third wife of John "of Gaunt", 1st Duke of Lancaster, 2nd dau. and cohrss. of Sir Payn de Roët, Guienne King of Arms, and had issue by her first husband

died

22 Apr 1396

suc. by

son

note

summ. for military service 1385

 

Richard [Grey], 6th Baron Grey of Wilton

born

c. 1393

mar. (1)

Blanche de la Vache, dau. of Sir Philip de la Vache KG, by his wife Elizabeth de Clifford, only dau. of Sir Lewis de Clifford KG, Ambassador to France 1392 (by his wife Alianore la Warre, widow of Roger [la Warre], 3rd Baron la Warre, and dau. by his first wife of John [de Mowbray[, 3rd Baron Mowbray), 5th son of Robert [de Clifford], 3rd Baron Clifford

only child by first wife

1. Reynold Grey, later 7th Baron Grey of Wilton

mar. (2)

1427 Margaret de Ferrers (mar. (2) bef. 14 Feb 1445/6 Thomas [Grey], 1st Baron Richemount Grey; d. 16 Jan 1451/2), 1st dau. of William [de Ferrers], 5th Baron Ferrers of Groby, by his first wife Philippa de Clifford, 3rd dau. of Roger [de Clifford], 5th Baron Clifford

only child by second wife

1. William Grey (dsp.)

died

13 or 20 Aug 1442 (bur. in Bletchley Church, co. Buckingham)

suc. by

son by first wife

note

accompanied the King to France in the retinue of the Earl of Dorset 1415

 

Reynold [Grey], 7th Baron Grey of Wilton

born

c. 1421

mar.

bef. 6 Oct 1447 Tacyn/Thomasine, illegit. dau. of John [Beaufort], 1st Duke of Somerset, and half-sister of Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of King Henry VII

only child

1. John Grey, later 8th Baron Grey of Wilton

died

22 Feb 1493/4 (bur. in Bletchley Church, co. Buckingham)

suc. by

son

note

fought on the Yorkist side at the Battle of Mortimer's Cross 1460/1

 

John [Grey], 8th Baron Grey of Wilton

born

mar. (1)

Lady Anne Grey, 2nd dau. of Edmund [Grey], 1st Earl of Kent, by his wife Lady Catherine Percy, 2nd dau. of Henry [Percy], 1st Earl of Northumberland

only child by first wife

1. Edmund Grey, later 9th Baron Grey of Wilton

mar. (2)

Elizabeth Cokesey or Greville (widow of Sir Thomas Cokesey or Greville, of Cooksey, co. Worcester, and Peckforton and Bickley, co. Chester; mar. bef. 25 Nov 1501 as his second wife Sir Edward Stanley, later 1st Baron Monteagle; d. 15 Jan 1514/5), dau. of Sir Thomas Vaughan, of Tretower, co. Brecon

died

3 Apr 1499

suc. by

son by first wife

note

granted the manor of Wilhamstead, co. Bedford, 1483

 

Edmund [Grey], 9th Baron Grey of Wilton

born

c. 1469

mar.

bef. May 1505 Florence Hastings (d. after 1511), 1st dau. and cohrss. of Sir Ralph Hastings, of Harrowden, co. Northampton, and Kirby, co. Leicester, Constable of Rockingham Castle (by his wife Ann Tattersall, 2nd dau. of John Tattersall by his wife Agnes Chichele, 1st dau. of John Chichele, Chamberlain of London (by his wife Margaret Knollys, dau. of Thomas Knollys), 2nd son of William Chichele, Sheriff of London (by his wife Beatrix Barrett, dau. of William Barrett), yr. brother of Henry Chichele, Archbishop of Canterbury, and 3rd son of Thomas Chichele, of Higham Ferrers, co. Northampton, by his wife Agnes Pincheon, dau. of William Pincheon), yr. brother of William [Hastings], 1st Baron Hastings of Hastings, and 3rd son of Sir Leonard Hastings, of Kirby, co. Leicester, and Burton Hastings, co. Warwick, by his wife Alice de Camoys, 2nd dau. by his first wife of Thomas [de Camoys], 1st Baron Camoys

children

1. George Grey, later 10th Baron Grey of Wilton

2. Thomas Grey, later 11th Baron Grey of Wilton

3. Richard Grey, later 12th Baron Grey of Wilton

4. William Grey, later 13th Baron Grey of Wilton

1. Elizabeth Grey (d. 29 Dec 1559), mar. John [Brydges or Bruges], 1st Baron Chandos, and had issue

died

5 May 1511

suc. by

son

note

 

George [Grey], 10th Baron Grey of Wilton

born

c. 1493

died

s.p. bef. 15 Jun 1514/5

suc. by

brother

 

Thomas [Grey], 11th Baron Grey of Wilton

born

c. 1497

died

s.p. 30 Oct 1517

suc .by

brother

 

Richard [Grey], 12th Baron Grey of Wilton

born

c. 1505

died

s.p. 15 Oct 1521

suc .by

brother

 

William [Grey] 13th Baron Grey of Wilton, KG

born

c. 1509

mar.

Lady Mary Somerset (mar. (2) as his first wife Robert Carre, 3rd son of Robert Carre, of Sleaford, co. Lincoln), only dau. of Charles [Somerset], 1st Earl of Worcester, by his second wife Elizabeth West, dau. by his first wife of Thomas [West], 8th Baron de la Warr

children

1. Hon Arthur Grey, later 14th Baron Grey of Wilton

2. Hon William Grey

1. Hon Honora Grey, mar. Henry Denny, of Cheshunt, co. Hertford, and Waltham Abbey, co. Essex, and had issue

died

14 or 15 Dec 1562 (bur. at Cheshunt, co. Hertford)

suc .by

son

note

purchased the office of Lieutenant of the Castle of Hammes in Picardy for life 1531; shot through the left shoulder at the Siege of Montreuil 1544; Chief Captain and Governor of the army towns and marches of Calais and Guisnes 1544; Chief Captain and Seneschal, Chief Leader and Governor of the all the armies in Boulogne and the Boulonnais 1546; granted the manor and lordship of Bampton, co. Hereford, 1546; Marshal of the Duke of Somerset's army in the expedition to Scotland, and Captain-General of the horsemen at the Battle of Pinkie 1547; took the surrender of Home Castle 1547; at Berwick made banneret and the King's Lieutenant 1547 ; put down the rebellion in the West Country with Lord Russell 1549; committed to the Tower of London with the Duke of Somerset and others 1551 but released shortly afterwards; in compensation made Warden, Governor, Surveyor and Lieutenant of the castle, town and comté of Guines 1552; one of the 26 peers who signed the letters patent settling the Crown on Lady Jane Grey 1553; on the accession of Queen Mary I he was arrested and joined the Duke of Northumberland in the Tower of London, but was released shortly afterwards; defended Guisnes against the French, firing the town and surrendering the castle after a week's siege 1557/8, when he was taken prisoner; Knight of the Garter 1557; given leave by the King of France to come to England for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth I 1558/9, after which he returned to France and remained a prisoner for a further year; besieged the French troops in Leith 1560; Governor of the Town and Castle of Berwick-upon-Tweed and Warden of the East and Middle Marches 1560

 

Arthur [Grey], 14th Baron Grey of Wilton, KG

born

1536

mar. (1)

in or after 1553 Dorothy Zouche, illegit. dau. of Richard [la Zouche], 9th Baron Zouche of Haryngworth

only child by his first wife

1. Hon Elizabeth Grey, mar. Sir Francis Goodwin, and had issue

mar. (2)

Jane Sibella Russell (widow of Hon Edward Russell, styled Lord Russell, 1st son and heir ap. by his first wife of Francis [Russell], 2nd Earl of Bedford; d. Jul 1615), dau. of Sir Richard Morrison, of Cashiobury, co. Hertford, by his wife Hon Bridget Hussey, 2nd dau. by his second wife of John [Hussey], 1st Baron Hussey

children by second wife

1. Hon Thomas Grey, later 15th Baron Grey of Wilton

2. Hon William Grey (dsp. 1605)

2. Hon Bridget Grey (d. 28 Jul 1648; bur. at Farthinghoe, co. Northampton), mar. 1609 Sir Roland Egerton, 1st Bt., of Egerton and Oulton, co. Chester, and had issue

died

14 Oct 1593 (bur. at Whaddon, co. Buckingham)

suc. by

son by second wife

note

present with his father at the surrender of Guisnes 1557/8 and at the siege of Leith 1560; knighted at Berwick 1560 ; a zealous promoter of the reformed faith; Knight of the Garter 1572; one of the peers that tried the Duke of Norfolk 1574; Lord Deputy of Ireland 1580-82, where he successfully defeated the rebellions of the Earl of Desmond in south, of Lord Baltinglass in the Pale and O'Neill in the north; a Commissioner for the trial of Mary, Queen of Scots 1586

 

Thomas [Grey], 15th Baron Grey of Wilton

born

c. 1576

died

9 Jul 1614

note

a follower of the Puritans; with the Earl of Essex in Ireland 1599; knighted at Dublin 1599; served under Prince Maurice at the Battle of Nieuport against the Spaniards 1600; a Commissioner for the trials of the Earls of Essex and Southampton 1600/1; involved in the "Bye" or "Priests" plot with Lord Cobham, Sir Griffin Markham and others 1603; arrested, tried, found guilty of high treason, sentenced to death and attainted 1603; his life was spared but he spent the rest of his life in the Tower of London

 

But for the 1603 attainder, the Barony of Grey of Wilton would have fallen into abeyance between his two sisters and co-heirs and their issue on the death of the 15th Baron Grey of Wilton.

 

 First written 24 Mar 2011

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