Charles Grey, 1st Earl Grey, also called (1801–06) Baron Grey De Howick, (born 1729, Howick, Northumberland, Eng.—died Nov. 14, 1807, Howick), British general in the American Revolution who commanded in victories in several battles, notably against the American general Anthony Wayne and at the Battle of Germantown (1777–78).
Charles Grey, 1st Earl Grey, KB PC (23 October 1729 – 14 November 1807) was one of the most important British generals of the 18th century. He was the fourth son of Sir Henry Grey, 1st Baronet, of Howick in Northumberland. Charles received a commission as an ensign in 1748.
- October 23, 1729
- Howick, Northumberland, UK
- Early Life
- Military Career
- Later Career
Grey was born into an important family. He was born at their large house in Howick, Northumberland, England. Grey's father was a baronet. They had lived in and ruled Howick since the 1200s. Grey's two older brothers died before they could have their own children, but when Grey was a boy, he did not think he would inherithis father's land. So he wen...
Grey fought in the War of Austrian Succession, Jacobite Rebellion, and Seven Years' War. He made friends with other British fighters, for example James Wolfe, William Petty, and the Earl of Shelburne. He was aide-de-camp to Prince Ferdinand of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel. Grey learned to fight.
Grey retired from the army but only for a short while. He went to Howick and built a new house there, Howick Hall. He hired an architect called William Newton. Then Grey worked as an army administrator. He was aide-de-camp to King George IIIand fought against the French in Belgium and the Caribbean. King George made Grey governor of Guernsey in 179...
Grey married Elizabeth Grey of Southwick in 1762. They had eight children including Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey.
- Early life
- Military career
Charles Grey, 1st Earl Grey, KB PC (23 October 1729 – 14 November 1807) was a British general of the 18th century. He was the fourth son of Sir Henry Grey, 1st Baronet, of Howick in Northumberland. He served in the Seven Years' War, American War of Independence and French Revolutionary War. Following the Battle of Paoli in 1777 he became known as "...
Grey was born at his family's estate, known as Howick, 30 miles north of Newcastle upon Tyne and one mile from the North Sea, in Northumberland. His exact birthdate is unknown, but he was baptized 23 October 1729, so he was probably born in October. His father was Henry Grey (later Sir Henry Grey, first baronet of Howick) and his mother was Hannah ...
In 1744, with financial assistance from his father, Grey purchased a commission as an ensign in the 6th Regiment of Foot. He soon went to Scotland with the Sixth Regiment to suppress the Jacobite Rising of 1745. Following victory there, the Sixth Regiment spent the next few years in Gibraltar. In December 1752, he purchased a lieutenancy in the Six...
Charles Grey, 1st Earl Grey, was born circa 1729 in Howick, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom to Henry Grey (c1691-1749) and Hannah Wood (c1700-1764) and died 14 November 1807 Howick, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom of unspecified causes.