Humphrys genealogy

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My wife's ancestors - Grey - Contents

Henry Grey, 1st Duke of Suffolk

Henry Grey, 1st Duke of Suffolk (see here).
He mar Frances Brandon [born 1517, grand-dau of Henry VII].
He was a close associate of John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland. Together they planned to put his daughter (Dudley's daughter-in-law) on the throne.
His daughter became Queen on 10 July 1553.
When he saw the tide was turning, Suffolk put an end to his daughter's reign, Wed 19 July 1553, and recognised Mary I.
But he was still beheaded, 23 Feb 1554.
He was bur in the Chapel Royal of St. Peter ad Vincula in the Tower of London. No monument.
They had issue:

  1. Lady Jane Grey,
    Queen of England for 9 days,
    born Oct 1537 at the Grey family hunting lodge, Bradgate Park, Leicestershire.
    She mar 21 May 1553 (her age 15) to Lord Guildford Dudley.
    Her claims to the throne were promoted by her father and her father-in-law John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, supported by the Protestants who were trying to avoid a Catholic succession.
    She was Queen from Mon 10 July to Wed 19 July 1553, age 15 yrs.
    She was rapidly deposed by Mary I and her supporters routed.
    Jane was beheaded the following year, 12 Feb 1554, age 16 yrs.
    She was bur in the Chapel Royal of St. Peter ad Vincula in the Tower of London. No monument.
  2. Lady Catherine Grey,
    or Katherine, born 25 Aug 1540.
    She mar 1stly, 21 May 1553 (her age 12) to Henry Herbert, 2nd Earl of Pembroke. No issue. Marriage not consummated.
    Henry was not then Earl. His father had just been cr Earl in 1551. Henry later succ as Earl in 1570.
    It was a double wedding with her sister. "A feast followed the ceremony, after which the bridegrooms left to joust in the royal tiltyard at Whitehall".
    If the plan had succeeded she would have been next in line for the throne.
    The marriage was dissolved 1554 after the fall of her family. Henry went on to marry Guildford Dudley's niece.

    She mar 2ndly, Dec 1560, to Edward Seymour, 1st Earl of Hertford and had issue.
    She died Jan 1568, age 27 yrs.
    She was buried at Yoxford, Suffolk.
    The Earl of Hertford died in 1621 and was buried in the Seymour Chapel of Salisbury Cathedral in Wiltshire.
    Catherine was re-buried with him at Salisbury Cathedral. Effigies of both of them there.
    See grave. See her effigy.
    Catherine had issue by 2nd husband:

    1. Edward Seymour, Lord Beauchamp, born 1561.

Lady Catherine Grey

Briefly the wife of Henry Herbert, 2nd Earl of Pembroke.

Lady Catherine Grey.
Miniature, c.1555-1560.
From VAM.

Lady Catherine Grey with her son Edward Seymour, c.1562.
From here.

Lady Catherine Grey.
For sale in 2016. "Follower Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger".
See other version. From Tudor Place.

"May I not go home?" - Lady Jane Grey's sad quote on Wed 19 July 1553 when her father came for her.


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