Anthony Grey, 9th Earl of Kent

Rev. Anthony Gray (1557 - 9 November 1643) was Earl of Kent from 1639 to his death.

He was a son of George Gray by Margery, daughter of Gerard Salvaine of Croxdale. George was the apparently only son of Anthony Gray of Brancepeth, a son of George Grey, 2nd Earl of Kent by his second wife Katherine (or Katharine or Catherine), daughter of William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke.

In 1639, Gray succeeded his childless second cousin once removed Henry Grey, 8th Earl of Kent. Henry was a great-grandson of Henry Grey, 4th Earl of Kent, another son of the 2nd Earl.

A priest in the Church of England, Gray was rector at Aston Flamville and later Burbage.

Family and issue

Gray married Magdalene, daughter of William Purefoy of Caldecote by Catherine (or Katherine) Wigston. Burke's Landed Gentry mentions his wife having a sister named Dorothy Purefoy who married Roger Dudley and was mother to Thomas Dudley, Governor of Massachusetts; however; other sources identify Susanna Thorne as the mother of Thomas, and Susanna's mother as Mary Purefoy.

Anthony and Magdalene had twelve children, all born in Burbage:



Peerage of England
Preceded by
Henry Grey
Earl of Kent
Succeeded by
Henry Grey
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