George Grey, 2nd Earl of Kent

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George Grey, 2nd Earl of Kent (1454 – 25 December 1505) was the son of Edmund Grey, 1st Earl of Kent and Lady Katherine Percy. He was the Second Earl of Kent from 1490 to 1505.

George Grey, 2nd Earl of Kent and 5th Baron Grey de Ruthyn, was the second son of the 1st Earl, his elder brother having died in 1480. He was made a Knight of the Bath by King Richard III in July 1483. He was a Justice of the Peace for Huntingdonshire from 1480, for Northamptonshire from 1480 and for Bedfordshire from 1483, for Buckinghamshire from 1494 and for Kent from 1496.

He fought for Henry VII against the Yorkist pretender Perkin Warbeck at the Battle of Stoke Field on 16 June 1487. In 1491 he was a commissioner to raise money in Bedfordshire for a war against France. On 17 June 1497, eleven years and one day after Stoke Field he again fought in a royal army when it defeated Cornish rebels at Deptford Bridge, also known as the Battle of Blackheath.

He married Anne, daughter of Richard Woodville, Earl Rivers, the widow of Henry, Viscount Bourchier, sister of Elizabeth Woodville, queen to Edward IV and had one son by her, his heir Richard. She died on 30 July 1489 and was buried at Old Warden.

The following year he married Catherine, second daughter of William Herbert, Earl of Pembroke. She bore him four sons, including the future 4th Earl of Kent, and one daughter, who was to become grandmother to the 1st Earl of Bedford. Catherine died in November 1506.

George died at Ampthill in December 1505. Earlier that year he had attended court on the visit of King Philip I of Castile (1504-1506) A letter from William Makefyr to Robert D'arcy and Giles Alington of 17 January 1506 reads [CRT190/45]: "The Earl of Kent was mounted on a sorrelled horse, harness of Venice gold with a deep fringe half a yard in length. My Lord of Kent's Coat was one bar of Gold Cloth and another crimson Velvet with a demi-mache cut off by the elbow…a true soldier too, and a favourite of Henry but survived this pageant a very short time, dying within the year".

He married first Anne Woodville. She was a daughter of Richard Woodville, 1st Earl Rivers and Jacquetta of Luxembourg. They had a single son:

Anne died in 1489. George secondly married Catherine Herbert, daughter of William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke and Anne Devereux. They had four children:

Preceded by
Edmund Grey
Earl of Kent
1490–1505
Succeeded by
Richard Grey

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