House of Grey
The House of Grey is an ancient English noble family originating from Creully in Normandy. The founder of the House of Grey was Anchetil de Greye, a Norman chevalier and vassal of William FitzOsbern, 1st Earl of Hereford, one of the very few proven companions of William the Conqueror known to have fought at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The name, initially having been difficult to comprehend in the English language, was variously transliterated as Grey, Grai, Greye and Gray.
|Earlier spellings||De Greye, Graye|
|Place of origin||Normandy|
|Founder||Anchetil de Greye|
|Current head||Baron Grey of Codnor|
|Final head||(patrilineal) Roger Grey, |
10th Earl of Stamford
The Grey family were first ennobled in the 13th century as Barons Grey of Codnor, of Ruthyn and of Wilton (later being elevated as viscounts, earls, marquesses and dukes). Their numerous titles otherwise include Earl of Tankerville (1419, 1695), Earl of Huntingdon (1471), Marquess of Dorset (1475), Baron Grey of Powis (1482), Duke of Suffolk (1551), Baronet Grey of Chillingham (1619), Baron Grey of Werke (1623/4), Earl of Stamford (1628), Viscount Glendale (1695), Baronet Grey of Howick (1746), Baron Walsingham (1780), Baron Grey of Howick (1801), Viscount Howick (1806), Earl Grey (1806), Baronet Grey of Fallodon (1814).
Grey family lineageEdit
Anchetil de Greye is listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as the lord of six Oxfordshire manors. His descendant Sir Henry de Grey was the first of the Anglo-Norman Grey family who were variously called to parliament, raised to the peerage, married into royalty, appointed army generals, and consecrated bishops, as well as later distinguishing themselves in other professions.
Lady Jane Grey (c. 1537-1554) "the Nine Days' Queen", was a member of this family. Lady Jane was the great-granddaughter of King Henry VII through his daughter Mary Tudor, Queen of France. By virtue of this descent and due to her avowed Protestantism, King Edward VI nominated Lady Jane and her male heirs as his successors to the Crown. She thus became de facto Queen of England and Ireland on 10 July 1553, serving until her deposition by Roman Catholic rivals on 19 July 1553.