Papers of George Harry Grey (1802-1835), Lord Grey of Groby

Scope and Content

The papers of George Harry Grey (1802-35) consist of a single series: papers relating to the Cheshire Yeomanry Cavalry.

In addition to the two bundles of Grand Tour letters mentioned above, the papers of George Harry Grey (1765-1845), 6th Earl of Stamford, contain a joint bond from Lord Stamford and Lord Grey (EGR4/2/6/3/4), and an account of the cost of resettling the estates upon Lord Grey's marriage (EGR4/2/6/6), while among the papers of various members of the Grey family there are letters from Lord Grey to his sister Lady Jane Grey (EGR4/10/10/3-6 & EGR4/10/10/9-10).

Administrative / Biographical History

George Harry Grey, second son of George Harry Grey (1765-1845), 6th Earl of Stamford, was born on 5 April 1802 at Little Aston Hall co. Staffs, and was baptized on 25 June 1802 at Enville co. Staffs. He was educated at Eton, 1814-17, and Trinity College, Cambridge, matriculating at Michaelmas 1820 and gaining his MA degree in 1822.

In February 1823 George Harry Grey embarked on the Grand Tour of Europe, visiting the Low Countries, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and France, before returning to England in March 1824 [see the two bundles of letters he wrote to his father and his sister Lady Jane Grey during the tour, EGR4/2/11/7 & EGR4/10/9]. On 20 December 1824 he married Katherine daughter of his maternal uncle Francis Charteris-Wemyss-Douglass, 8th Earl of Wemyss.

George Harry Grey was styled Lord Grey, 1819-33, and was summoned to Parliament on 15 January 1833 in his father's Barony as Lord Grey of Groby. He died on 24 October 1835 and was buried at Bowdon on 2 November. His widow died on 4 January 1844 at Dunham Massey, aged 42. Source: G.E.C., Complete peerage, vol. 12 pt. I, pp. 225-6.