Richard GREY of Tutbury (MP)

Born: BEF 1492

Died: 1533, Tutbury, Staffordshire, England

Father: Henry GREY (7 B. Grey of Codnor)

Mother: ?

Married 1: Catherine ?

Children:

1. Son GREY

2. Son GREY

3. Son GREY

4. Son GREY

5. Son GREY

6. Son GREY

7. Son GREY

8. Elizabeth GREY

9. Dau. GREY

Married 2: Jane ?


The details in this biography come from the History of Parliament, a biographical dictionary of Members of the House of Commons.

Under his father's will of 1492 he received the manor of Radcliffe-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire. Until he was 18 years old he was entrusted with two other bastard children to the care of Catherine, Lady Grey: she was to be assisted by the heads of several monastic houses in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, priests and gentlemen, with whose help she was to send him to school and then to an inn of court 'to learn the law'. Presumably Lady Grey complied with these wishes, for in 1513 a Richard Grey supplicated for a degree at Oxford and then went on to study at Lincoln's Inn where he was twice nominated as butler. Lady Grey perhaps also commended her charge to the principal magnates in the north midlands, Edward Stafford, 3rd D. Buckingham (a patron of Lincoln's Inn) from whom Richard Grey obtained a small annuity; and George Talbot, 4th E. Shrewsbury, to whom he was distantly linked.

The Attainder of Buckingham may have briefly harmed Grey's prospects, but it left his kinsmen Shrewsbury supreme in Staffordshire. During the 1520s the Earl consolidated his position in the county and the series of grants that the King pressed upon him included the duchy of Lancaster stewardships of Tutbury, where Grey made his home, and Newcastle-under-Lyme, where in 1529 Grey was elected to Parliament. Grey and his fellow-Member John Peshall were both called on the day that the Parliament opened, and attended the Commons regularly, but in 1537 the borough denied in a chancery action against Peshall that either Member had been duly elected. By that time Grey had been dead for four years, having died during the 5th session of the Parliament. He had been a sick man on 13 Feb 1533 he made his will, asking to be buried in the chancel of the church at Holcot (where his brother-in-law, John Heydon, was parson) and providing for his wife and children. He instructed his executors to give his daughter Elizabeth 8.13.4 'in full payment for her marriage money that I owe unto her and her husband, and it is to be paid of the money that I must have for my costs and charges being one of the burgesses of the Parliament'. Grey also noted that Sir John Byron, one of the knights for Nottinghamshire, still owed him money for a wardship. The will was proved on the following 2 Apr. Presumably a by-election was held to replace Grey in the remaining three sessions of the Parliament, but its outcome is not known.

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