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Originally appearing in Volume V12, Page 592 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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IST BARON GREY DE RUTHYN ROGER GREY, who was sum- moned to parliament as a baron in 1324, saw much service as a soldier before his death on the 6th of March 1353• The second baron was his son Reginald, whose son REGINALD (c. 1362–1440) succeeded to the title on his father's death in July 1388. In 1410 after a long dispute the younger Reginald won the right to bear the arms of the Hastings family. He enjoyed the favour both of Richard II. and Henry IV., and his chief military exploits were against the Welsh, who took him prisoner in 1402 and only released him upon payment of a heavy ransom. Grey was a member of the council which governed England during the absence of Henry V. in France in 1415; he fought in the French wars in 1420 and 1421 and died on the 3oth of September 1440. His eldest son, Sir John Grey, K.G. (d. 1439), who predeceased his father, fought at Agincourt and was deputy of Ireland in 1427. He was the father of EDMUND GREY (d. 1489), who succeeded his grandfather as Lord Grey de Ruthynin 1440 and was created earl of Kent in 1465. One of Reginald Grey's younger sons, Edward (1415-1457), succeeded his maternal grandfather as Baron Ferrers of Groby in 1445• He was the ancestor of the earls of Stamford and also of the Greys, marquesses of Dorset and dukes of Suffolk. The barony of Grey de Ruthyn was merged in the earldom of Kent until the death of Henry, the 8th earl, in November 1639. It then devolved upon Kent's nephew Charles Longueville (1612-1643), through whose daughter Susan (d. 1676) it came to the family of Yelverton, who were earls of Sussex from 1717 to 1799. The next holder was Henry Edward Gould (178o-181o), a grandson of Henry Yelverton, earl of Sussex; and through Gould's daughter Barbara, - marchioness of Hastings (d. 1858), it passed to the last marquess of Hastings„on whose death in 1868 the barony fell into abeyance, this being terminated in 1885 in favour of Hastings's sister Bertha (d. 1887), the wife of Augustus Wykeham Clifton. Their son, Rawdon George Grey Clifton (b. 1858), succeeded his mother as 24th holder of the barony.

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