Henry Grey, 8th Earl of Kent

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Henry Grey, 8th Earl of Kent (c. 1583 – 21 November 1639) was Earl of Kent from 1623 to his death.

He was born the only son of Charles Grey, 7th Earl of Kent and his wife Susan Cotton and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge.

On 16 November 1601, at St Martin's-in-the-Fields, Henry married Elizabeth Talbot (1582 – 7 December 1651), a daughter of Gilbert Talbot, 7th Earl of Shrewsbury and Mary Cavendish. There were no known children from this marriage. He was knighted in 1603.

He was elected Member of Parliament for Tavistock in 1601 and knight of the shire for Bedfordshire in 1614.

He served as Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire from 1621 to 1627 and again from 1629 to his death. From 1621 to 1623, Henry held the title jointly with his father Charles Grey, 7th Earl of Kent. From 1625 to 1627 and again from 1629 to his death, he held the title jointly with Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Cleveland.

He died childless and his primary title as Earl of Kent was inherited by his closest male-line relative, Anthony Grey, 9th Earl of Kent. Anthony was a second cousin of his father as they were both great-grandsons of George Grey, 2nd Earl of Kent. His sister Susan Grey married Sir Michael Longueville; they were parents to Charles Longueville, 12th Baron Grey de Ruthyn.

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Political offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Kent
Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire
jointly with The Earl of Kent 1621–1623 and
The Earl of Cleveland 1625–1627

1621–1627
Succeeded by
The Earl of Cleveland
Preceded by
The Earl of Cleveland
Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire
jointly with The Earl of Cleveland 1629–1639

1629–1639
Succeeded by
The Earl of Cleveland
(Royalist) and
The Earl of Bolingbroke
(Parliamentarian)
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Charles Grey
Earl of Kent
1623–1639
Succeeded by
Anthony Grey
Preceded by
Charles Grey
Baron Grey de Ruthyn
1623–1639
Succeeded by
Charles Longueville