- Henry Grey, 1st Duke of Kent
Henry Grey, 1st Duke of Kent (1671–
5 June, 1740), was a British courtierand one of the Lords Justice appointed during the absence, in Germany, of George I.
He was a son of
Anthony Grey, 11th Earl of Kentand Mary Grey, 1st Baroness Lucas of Crudwell. He succeeded his father as 12th Earl of Kentin 1702, having succeeded his mother as 2nd Baron Lucasearlier the same year.
He was made
Lord Chamberlainand a Privy Counsellor in 1704. He was created Marquess of Kent, Earl of Harold and Viscount Goderichin 1706, Duke of Kentin 1710, and made a Knight of the Garterin 1712. Having been succeeded as Lord Chamberlain by the Duke of Shrewsbury in 1714, he served as Lord Stewardfrom 1716 until 1718, and Lord Privy Sealfrom 1719 until 1720. At the age of 68, a year before his death, Grey took part, as a founding governor, in the creation of Britain's first home for abandoned children, London's Foundling Hospital.
Left without a male heir after the death of his son Anthony, Earl of Harold, in 1733, he was created
Marquess Greyin 1740, with a special remainder to his granddaughter Lady Jemima Campbell and her heirs male. She also succeeded to the Barony of Lucas. All his other titles became extinct at his death.
Marriages and children
Henry married first Jemima Crew, a daughter of
Thomas Crew, 2nd Baron Crewand Mary Townshend. Mary was a daughter of Sir Roger Townshend, 1st Baronetand Mary de Vere. They had at least six children:
Anthony Grey, Earl of Harold(d. 1723). Married Mary Tufton, a daughter of Thomas Tufton, 6th Earl of Thanetand Lady Catharine Cavendish.
*Henry Grey (c. 1696 - 1717).
*Amabel Grey (d.
2 March, 1727). Married John Campbell, 3rd Earl of Breadalbane and Holland.
*Jemima Grey (c.
1699- 7 July, 1731). Married John Ashburnham, 1st Earl of Ashburnham.
*Anne Grey (d.
20 September, 1733). Married Lord Charles Cavendish.
*Mary Grey. Married Mr. Gregory, Dean of Christ Church.
He married secondly Sophia Bentinck, a daughter of
William Bentinck, 1st Earl of Portlandand Anne Villiers. Anne was a daughter of Sir Edward Villiers and his first wife Frances Howard. She was also a sister of Edward Villiers, 1st Earl of Jersey. They had a daughter:
The Complete Peerage
Lords Justices appointed during the absence of George I of Great Britain
* [http://www.stirnet.com/HTML/genie/british/gg/grey02.htm A Grey family pedigree]
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