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Reginald Grey, 5th Earl Of Kent

Reginald Grey, 5th Earl of Kent (before 1541 – 17 March 1573) was an English peer.

Biography

He was a son of Henry Grey (1520–1545) and Margaret St John. His paternal grandparents were Henry Grey, 4th Earl of Kent and Anne Blennerhassett.

He was an older brother of Henry Grey, 6th Earl of Kent and Charles Grey, 7th Earl of Kent.

He was married to Susan Bertie, daughter of Catherine Willoughby, 12th Baroness Willoughby de Eresby. There were no known children from this marriage.

He is mentioned in the Annales Rerum Gestarum Angliae et Hiberniae Regnate Elizabetha by William Camden, in the entry for year 1573:

"18. Not long after dyed also Reginald Grey Earle of Kent, whom the Queene a yeare before had raised from a private man to the honour of Earle of Kent, after that this title had lyen asleepe the space of fifty yeares from the death of Richard Grey Earle of Kent, who had set his Patrimony flying, and was elder Brother to this mans Grandfather. In this honour succeeded unto him Henry his Brother."

This was a reference to the state of the title at this point. His great-uncle Richard Grey, 3rd Earl of Kent had wound up heavily in debt, probably through gambling, and was forced to alienate most of his property. Henry Grey had inherited the claim to the title but little property. He lived mostly as a gentleman, private citizen. As did Reginald until Elizabeth I of England restored to him his title and part of his property.

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External links

  • A Grey family pedigree
  • 1573 entry of the Annales of William Camden
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Henry Grey
Earl of Kent
1562–1573
Succeeded by
Henry Grey
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