General Hon Charles Grey


Charles Grey of Northumberland was the son of the 2nd Earl Grey who gave his name to the famous tea. Charles did not inherit the title as he was the younger brother of Henry, 3rd Earl Grey. His son Albert inherited the title 4th Earl Grey and became Governor-General of Canada. In 1833 Charles exchanged from half-pay to be Lieutenant-Colonel of the 71st Highland Light Infantry which he commanded for 9 years. Later he was appointed Colonel of the 71st after he had been Colonel of the Buffs for 3 years. He was secretary to Prince Albert until Albert died in 1861 and then became secretary to Queen Victoria for the rest of his life.

1804 Born on 15th Mar
1820 Joined the army
1831 MP for Wycombe until 1837
1833 Commanding Officer of 71st Highland LI Until 1842
1836 Married Caroline Eliza Farquhar
1838 Member of Special Council of Lower Canada (June-Nov)
1849 Secretary to Prince Albert until 1861
1860 Colonel of the Buffs 4 May 1860 5 Jul 1863
1861 Secretary to the Queen until 1870
1863 Colonel of 71st Highland LI 6 Jul 1863 31 Mar 1870
1865 Promoted to General
1866 Keeper of the Privy Purse until 1867
1870 Died on 31st March


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by Stephen Luscombe