Harry Grey, 3rd Earl of Stamford

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Harry Grey, 3rd Earl of Stamford (10 June 1685 – 16 November 1739) was an English peer. He was somewhat eccentric, displaying this mainly in the construction of whimsical buildings.[1]


Harry Grey was born the eldest son of John Grey, younger son of the 1st Earl of Stamford and inherited the earldom on the death of his first cousin Thomas Grey, 2nd Earl of Stamford in 1720. He married on 6 July 1704 Dorothy Wright, the daughter of Sir Nathan Wright, 2nd Baronet and had seven children:[2]

  • Harry Grey, 4th Earl of Stamford (1715–1768)
  • Hon. John Grey (d. 1777)
  • Lady Dorothy Grey (d. 1781)
  • Lady Catherine Grey, married in July 1735 John William van Trip (d. June 1738), married in 1740 Gillis van den Bempden (1697–1748), both officials of Amsterdam
  • Lady Diana Grey (d. 14 January 1780), married in September 1736 George Middleton of Seaton and Fettercairn (d. 1772)
  • Lady Anne Grey (d. 20 November 1791), married in October 1744 Sir Richard Acton, 5th Baronet
  • Lady Jane Grey (d. June 1752), married in June 1738 George Drummond, 3rd of Blair Drummond

He inherited in 1709 the estate at Enville in Staffordshire from a distant relative. He then inherited the Grey estates at Bradgate Park in Leicestershire with the Earldom in 1720, thus uniting the two Grey estates.[3] He chose to live at Enville, allowing the Bradgate Park house to fall into disrepair.

On his death he was succeeded in the earldom by his son Harry Grey, 4th Earl of Stamford.


  1. ^ William George Dimock Fletcher, Leicestershire pedigrees and royal descents, p. 72 
  2. ^ www.peerage.com
  3. ^ Grey Family
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Thomas Grey
Earl of Stamford
Succeeded by
Harry Grey