Richard Grey, 6th Earl Grey

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Richard Fleming George Charles Grey, 6th Earl Grey, Viscount Howick in the County of Northumberland, Baron Grey of Howick in the County of Nortumberland, and a Baronet (4 March 1939 – 10 September 2013), the 6th Earl Grey,[1] was a British hereditary peer.

Early life and education[edit]

Richard Grey was the son of Albert Grey and Vera Harding. Through his father, he is a great-great-grandson of Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey.

Richard Grey was educated at Hounslow College and Hammersmith College of Art and Building, training as a quantity surveyor.[1]


In 1963, he succeeded as Earl Grey, following the death of Charles Grey, 5th Earl Grey, his second cousin twice removed.

From 1976, he became a full-time member of the House of Lords, taking the Liberal Party whip. He was the Liberal Party’s spokesman on social services and disability issues. He also served as secretary to the House of Lords small business group from 1980 to 1984.

He was an official observer of elections across Africa, including the 1980 election in Rhodesia.[2]

He was chairman of the London Cremation Company, based in Golders Green,[3] and served as president of the Cremation Society of Great Britain from 1992 until his death.[4]

He died on 10 September 2013, aged 74. His funeral was held at Golders Green Crematorium on 15 October 2013.[5]

He was succeeded in the earldom by his younger brother, Philip Kent Grey, 7th Earl Grey, who was born 11 May 1940.

Personal life[edit]

Earl Grey married twice.

He married Margaret Ann Bradford, daughter of Henry G Bradford of Ashburton, Devon in 1966; they divorced in 1974. Later the same year on 17 August 1974 he married Stephanie Caroline, former widow of Surgeon-Commander Neil Lancaster Denham, RN, and only daughter of Donald Gaskell-Brown of Newton Ferrers, Devon.[1]


Arms: Gules, a lion rampant within a bordure engrailed argent, in dexter chief point a mullet or.

Crest: A scaling ladder or, hooked and pointed sable.

Supporters: Dexter, a lion rampant purpure, ducally crowned or, sinister, a tiger guarded purpure.

Motto: De bon vouloir servir le roy

Creations: Baronetcy (GB) 11 Jan 1745/6, Baron (UK), 23 June 1801, Earl and Viscount (UK), 11 April 1806.

Legal issues[edit]

In 1983, Grey, along with four other men, was remanded on bail after being accused of jointly living off the earnings of prostitution.[6][7][8]

See also[edit]


  • Mosley, Charles (1999). Burke's Peerage and Baronetage (106th ed.). London: Genealogical Publications Ltd. 
  • Cokayne, George E.; Gibbs, Vicary; Doubleday, Harry (1949). The Complete Peerage of Great Britain and Ireland. XIV volumes. London: St Catherine's Press. 

External links[edit]

Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles Robert Grey
Earl Grey
1963 – 2013
Succeeded by
Philip Kent Grey