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George Grey, 2nd Earl of Kent

George Grey (1454 – 25 December 1505) was the son of Edmund Grey, 1st Earl of Kent and Lady Katherine Percy. He was the Second Earl of Kent from 1490 to 1505.

George Grey, 2nd Earl of Kent and 5th Baron Grey de Ruthyn, was the second son of the 1st Earl, his elder brother having died in 1480. He was made a Knight of the Bath by King Richard III in July 1483. He was a Justice of the Peace for Huntingdonshire from 1480, for Northamptonshire from 1480 and for Bedfordshire from 1483, for Buckinghamshire from 1494 and for Kent from 1496.


He fought for Henry VII against the Yorkist pretender Perkin Warbeck at the Battle of Stoke Field on 16 June 1487. In 1491 he was a commissioner to raise money in Bedfordshire for a war against France. On 17 June 1497, eleven years and one day after Stoke Field he again fought in a royal army when it defeated Cornish rebels at Deptford Bridge, also known as the Battle of Blackheath.


He married Anne, daughter of Richard Woodville, Earl Rivers, the widow of Henry, Viscount Bourchier, sister of Elizabeth Woodville, queen to Edward IV and had one son by her, his heir Richard. She died on 30 July 1489 and was buried at Old Warden.


The following year he married Catherine, second daughter of William Herbert, Earl of Pembroke. She bore him four sons, including the future 4th Earl of Kent, and one daughter, who was to become grandmother to the 1st Earl of Bedford. Catherine died in November 1506.


George died at Ampthill in December 1505. Earlier that year he had attended court on the visit of King Philip I of Castile (1504-1506) A letter from William Makefyr to Robert D'arcy and Giles Alington of 17 January 1506 reads [CRT190/45]: "The Earl of Kent was mounted on a sorrelled horse, harness of Venice gold with a deep fringe half a yard in length. My Lord of Kent's Coat was one bar of Gold Cloth and another crimson Velvet with a demi-mache cut off by the elbow…a true soldier too, and a favourite of Henry but survived this pageant a very short time, dying within the year".


He married first Anne Woodville. She was a daughter of Richard Woodville, 1st Earl Rivers and Jacquetta of Luxembourg. They had a single son:

  • Richard Grey, 3rd Earl of Kent (1481-1524).

Anne died in 1489. George secondly married Catherine Herbert, daughter of William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke and Anne Devereux. They had four children:

  • Anne Grey (1490-1545). Married John Hussey, 1st Baron Hussey of Sleaford.
  • Henry Grey, 4th Earl of Kent (c. 1495-1562).
  • George Grey.
  • Anthony Grey. Paternal grandfather of Anthony Grey, 9th Earl of Kent

Earl of Kent 1490–1505

Preceded by Edmund Grey

Succeeded by Richard Grey

From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Grey,_2nd_Earl_of_Kent

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  • Sir George Grey, 2nd Earl of Kent, 5th Lord Grey of Ruthin, Constable of Northampton Castle1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11
  • M, #67792, d. 21 December 1503
  • Father Sir Edmund Grey, 1st Earl of Kent, 4th Baron Grey of Ruthin, Lord High Treasurer1,2,12,13,14 b. 26 Oct 1416, d. 22 May 1490
  • Mother Katherine Percy1,2,12,13,14 b. 28 May 1423, d. bt 2 May 1493 - 17 Oct 1493
  • Sir George Grey, 2nd Earl of Kent, 5th Lord Grey of Ruthin, Constable of Northampton Castle married Anne Wydeville, daughter of Sir Richard Wydeville, 1st Earl Rivers, Constable of England, Lord High Treasurer and Jacquetta (Jacqueline) of Luxembourg, circa 26 June 1480; They had 1 son (Sir Richard, 3rd Earl of Kent, 6th Lord Grey of Ruthin).15,16,3,6,7,17,10,11 Sir George Grey, 2nd Earl of Kent, 5th Lord Grey of Ruthin, Constable of Northampton Castle married Katherine Herbert, daughter of Sir William Herbert, 1st Earl Pembroke, 1st Lord Herbert, Sheriff of Glamorgan & Morgannock, Chief Justice of North & South Wales and Anne Devereux, circa 1 October 1490; They had 3 sons (Sir Henry; George; & Anthony) & 1 daughter (Anne, wife of Sir John, Lord Hussey).15,3,4,7,17,8 Sir George Grey, 2nd Earl of Kent, 5th Lord Grey of Ruthin, Constable of Northampton Castle left a will on 18 December 1503.3,7,17 He died on 21 December 1503 at Ampthill, Bedfordshire, England.1,3,6,7,17
  • Family 1 Anne Wydeville d. 30 Jul 1489
  • Child
    • Sir Richard Grey, 3rd Earl of Kent, Lord Hastings & Wexford, 6th Lord Ruthin18,3,7,17 b. c 1478, d. 3 May 1524
  • Family 2 Katherine Herbert b. c 1459
  • Children
    • Anne Grey+1,5,9 d. bt 1 Mar 1545 - 11 Feb 1546
    • Sir Henry Grey, 14th Earl of Kent+19 b. c 1491, d. 24 Sep 1562
    • Anthony Grey+ b. c 1500
  • Citations
  • 1.[S11568] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. VII, p. 166-167.
  • 2.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 622.
  • 3.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 280-281.
  • 4.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 389.
  • 5.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 465-466.
  • 6.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. IV, p. 402-403.
  • 7.[S6] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry: 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 109.
  • 8.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. III, p. 279.
  • 9.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. IV, p. 506-507.
  • 10.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. V, p. 426.
  • 11.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. V, p. 450.
  • 12.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 278-279.
  • 13.[S6] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry: 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 107-108.
  • 14.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. III, p. 130-131.
  • 15.[S11568] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. VII, p. 167.
  • 16.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 783-784.
  • 17.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. III, p. 132-133.
  • 18.[S11568] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. VII, p. 168-169.
  • 19.[S11568] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. VI, p. 169.
  • From: http://our-royal-titled-noble-and-commoner-ancestors.com/p2256.htm#i67792
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  • George Grey, 2nd Earl of Kent1
  • M, #120637, d. 21 December 1503
  • Last Edited=1 May 2011
  • George Grey, 2nd Earl of Kent was the son of Edmund Grey, 1st Earl of Kent and Lady Catherine Percy.2,3 He married, firstly, Lady Anne Woodville, daughter of Richard Wydevill, 1st Earl Rivers and Jacquetta de Luxembourg, after 1483.4 He married, secondly, Lady Catherine Herbert, daughter of William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke and Anne Devereux, before 1 October 1490.5 He died on 21 December 1503.4 He was also reported to have died on 16 December 1503.6
  • He held the office of Justice of the Peace (J.P.) for Huntingdonshire in 1480.6 He held the office of Justice of the Peace (J.P.) for Northamptonshire in 1480.6 He was invested as a Knight, Order of the Bath (K.B.) in 1483.6 He held the office of Justice of the Peace (J.P.) for Bedfordshire in 1483.6 He fought in the Battle of Stoke in 1487, for King Henry VII.6 He succeeded to the title of 2nd Earl of Kent [E., 1465] on 22 May 1490.3 He succeeded to the title of 5th Lord Grey, of Ruthin [E., 1325] on 22 May 1490.3 He gained the rank of Commander in 1491 in the service of the Emperor Maximilian's forces in France.3 He held the office of Justice of the Peace (J.P.) for Buckinghamshire in 1494.6 He held the office of Justice of the Peace (J.P.) for Kent in 1496.6 He fought in the Battle of Blackheath in 1497, against the rebels.6 He was Commander of the forces against the Cornishman uprising.3
  • Child of George Grey, 2nd Earl of Kent and Lady Anne Woodville
    • 1.Richard Grey, 3rd Earl of Kent7 b. 1481, d. 3 May 1523
  • Children of George Grey, 2nd Earl of Kent and Lady Catherine Herbert
    • 1.Lady Anne Grey+1 d. fr 1 Mar 1544/45 - 11 Feb 1545/46
    • 2.George Grey3
    • 3.Anthony Grey+3
    • 4.Tacy Grey+6
    • 5.Henry Grey, 4th Earl of Kent+5 b. a 1482, d. 24 Sep 1562
  • Citations
  • 1.[S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume II, page 76. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  • 2.[S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume VI, page 160.
  • 3.[S21] L. G. Pine, The New Extinct Peerage 1884-1971: Containing Extinct, Abeyant, Dormant and Suspended Peerages With Genealogies and Arms (London, U.K.: Heraldry Today, 1972), page 137. Hereinafter cited as The New Extinct Peerage.
  • 4.[S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume II, page 249.
  • 5.[S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume VII, page 167.
  • 6.[S37] BP2003 volume 2, page 1666. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]
  • 7.[S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume VII, page 168.
  • From: http://www.thepeerage.com/p12064.htm#i120637
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  • George GREY (2° E. Kent)
  • Born: BEF 1454, Ruthin, Denbighshire, Wales
  • Acceded: 1490
  • Died: 16/25 Dec 1503, Ampthill, Bedfordshire, England
  • Notes: 5° B. Ruthyn. Cokayne, The Complete Peerage vol.VII,pp.166-167. "Complete Peerage", 2° ed., vol. VII, pg. 160. George was his parents' second son. His older brother, Anthony, did not survive his father. George was sent into France as a commander in 1491, to assist the Emperor Maximilian, and was Chief Commander against the Cornishmen in their rising, under Lord Audley. L.G. Pine, "The New Extinct Peerage 1884-1971" (1973), Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. Baltimore, pg. 137. Burke, "Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage Baronatage and Knightage", 97th ed:, (1826), pg.1154.
  • Father: Edmund GREY (1° E. Kent)
  • Mother: Catherine PERCY (C. Kent)
  • Married 1: Anne WOODVILLE (V. Bourchier/C. Kent) Sat 26 Jun 1480
  • Children:
    • 1. Richard GREY (3º E. Kent)
  • Married 2: Catherine HERBERT (C. Kent) 10 Jan 1489/90/ 1 Oct 1490
  • Children:
    • 2. Henry GREY (4º E. Kent)
    • 3. Anthony GREY of Brancepeth (Hon.)
    • 4. Anne GREY (B. Hussey of Old Sleaford)
  • From: http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/GREY3.htm#George GREY (2° E. Kent)
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George Grey, 2nd Earl of Kent held the office of Justice of the Peace (J.P.) for Huntingdonshire in 1480.

He held the office of Justice of the Peace (J.P.) for Northamptonshire in 1480.

He was invested as a Knight, Order of the Bath (K.B.) in 1483.

He held the office of Justice of the Peace (J.P.) for Bedfordshire in 1483.

He fought in the Battle of Stoke in 1487, for King Henry VII.

He succeeded to the title of 5th Lord Grey, of Ruthin [E., 1325] on 22 May 1490.

He succeeded to the title of 2nd Earl of Kent [E., 1465] on 22 May 1490.

He gained the rank of Commander in 1491 in the service of the Emperor Maximilian's forces in France.

He held the office of Justice of the Peace (J.P.) for Buckinghamshire in 1494.

He held the office of Justice of the Peace (J.P.) for Kent in 1496.

He fought in the Battle of Blackheath in 1497, against the rebels.

He was Commander of the forces against the Cornishman uprising.

Ruthin Castle is a medieval castle fortification in Wales, near the town of Ruthin in the Vale of Clwyd.  It was constructed during the late 13th century by Dafydd, the brother of Prince Llywelyn II, on a red sandstone ridge overlooking the valley. The castle was most notably the base of that branch of the noble de Grey family accorded the title "Barons Grey de Ruthyn" and the head of their marcher lordship of Dyffryn Clwyd. It was a base for Reginald Grey, 3rd Baron Grey de Ruthyn – the man who could be said to have sparked the rebellion of Owain Glyndŵr.

During the English Civil War Oliver Cromwell's forces dismantled and demolished the castle, in a process of organised defortification called slighting, to prevent the castle's becoming militarily viable in the future. In 1923 the castle became Britain's first private hospital for the investigation and treatment of obscure internal diseases. Since the 1960s the castle remains have been incorporated into a hotel

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Below information was taken from Wkipedia. George Grey, 2nd Earl of Kent and 5th Baron Grey de Ruthyn, was the second son of the 1st Earl, his elder brother having died in 1480. He was made a Knight of the Bath by King Richard III in July 1483. He was a Justice of the Peace for Huntingdonshire from 1480, for Northamptonshire from 1480 and for Bedfordshire from 1483, for Buckinghamshire from 1494 and for Kent from 1496. Grey fought for Henry VII against the Yorkist pretender Perkin Warbeck at the Battle of Stoke Field on 16 June 1487. In 1491 he was a commissioner to raise money in Bedfordshire for a war against France. On 17 June 1497, eleven years and one day after Stoke Field he again fought in a royal army when it defeated Cornish rebels at the Battle of Deptford Bridge (also known as the Battle of Blackheath). Grey died at Ampthill in December 1505. Earlier that year he had attended court on the visit of King Philip I of Castile (1504–1506) A letter from William Makefyr to Robert D'arcy and Giles Alington of 17 January 1506 reads [CRT190/45]: "The Earl of Kent was mounted on a sorrelled horse, harness of Venice gold with a deep fringe half a yard in length. My Lord of Kent's Coat was one bar of Gold Cloth and another crimson Velvet with a demi-mache cut off by the elbow…a true soldier too, and a favourite of Henry but survived this pageant a very short time, dying within the year"

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George Grey, 2nd Earl of Kent's Timeline

1464
1464
Ruthin, Denbighshire, Wales
1464
Ragland, Monmouth, England, Great Britain
1481
1481
Age 17
of Ruthyn, Denbigh, Wales
1490
1490
Age 26
Ruthin, Denbighshire, Wales
1495
1495
Age 31
Probably Wrest, Bedfordshire, England
1498
1498
Age 34
Of, Ruthyn, Denbigh, Wales
1500
1500
Age 36
Of, Ruthyn, Denbighshire, Wales
1500
Age 36
Of, Ruthyn, Denbigh, Wales
1503
December 16, 1503
Age 39
Ampthill, Bedfordshire, England