Richard de Grey

Richard de Grey (died 1271) of Codnor, Derbyshire, was a landowner who held many important positions during the reign of Henry III of England,[1] including Warden of the Isles (Channel Islands) 1226-1227, 1229-1230 and 1252-1254, and later both constable of Dover Castle and Warden of the Cinque Ports from 1258 irregularly to 1264.[2]


Richard, 1 Dec 1202-8 Sep 1271, was the eldest surviving son of Henry de Grey of Thurrock, an Essex landowner owning the manors of Codnor in Derbyshire and Grimston in Nottinghamshire; and Isolda de Bardolf.

In the 6th year of the reign of King Richard I, his father, Henry de Grey was granted the manor of Thurrock in Essex, which was confirmed by King John. By 1201 he held the Manor of Codnor in Derbyshire, and in 1216 had been further granted the Manor of Grimston. Henry de Grey married, in about 1185, Isolda, a daughter of Robert Bardolf, Richard's mother.

Richard de Grey married Lucy, the daughter and heir of John de Humez.

His eldest son John, b. about 1225, who died shortly after his father on 5 Jan 1272, married Lucy, the daughter of Sir Reynold de Mohun of Dunster.

John's eldest son was Henry de Grey ca. 1255-1 Sep 1308, of Codnor, Derbyshire; Grays Thurrock, Essex; Aylesford; and Hoo, Kent.

Henry campaigned in Gascony 1294-1297 and was with Edward Longshanks at the siege of Carlaverock in 1300. Henry campaigned in Scotland as late as 1306.

Henry was called to Parliament and was therefore later deemed to have been the 1st Baron Grey of Codnor, but this claim was disallowed on review in 1989. Henry married Eleanor de Redvers, daughter of Hugh de Courtenay, the 1st Earl of Devon. Their daughter Lucia married a son of Roger de Somerie.


  1. Grey or Gray (Thurrock Local History Society)
  2. Lords Warden of the Cinque Ports
Preceded by
Nicholas de Moels
Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports
Succeeded by
Hugh de Bigod

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