GREY, Sir Henry (1547-1614), of Pirgo, Essex; later of Groby, Leics.
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Family and Education
b. 1547, o.s. of Lord John Grey of Pirgo by Mary, da. of Sir Anthony Browne†, 1st Visct. Montagu. educ.?Christ Church, Oxf. 1563, BA 1565, MA 1568. m. Anne, da. of William Windsor†, 2nd Lord Windsor, 4s. inc. Sir John 3da. suc. fa. 1564. Kntd. 1587; cr. Baron Grey of Groby 1603.
Gent. pens. by 1569, lt. of gent. pens. by 1588-1603; master of the Queen’s buckhounds 1596.
J.p. Essex from c.1573, Leics. from c.1583; dep. lt. Essex 1586-90, 1595, commr. subsidy 1596, musters 1599-1603, subsidy Leics. 1610.1
Grey was a courtier, the cousin of Lady Jane Grey. His father was the younger brother of Henry Grey, Duke of Suffolk and son of Thomas Grey, 2nd Marquess of Dorset. His own ambition was to re-establish his family on the ancestral Leicestershire estates and to be restored to the marquessate. Though he lived for some time at Pirgo, near Romford, he was not a great landowner in Essex, and his return as knight of the shire was secured by the intervention of the Privy Council, who wrote to Robert Rich, 3rd