John Grey, 2nd Viscount Lisle

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John Grey, 2nd Viscount Lisle (April 1480 9 September 1504) was a British peer of the Tudor period. Upon his death the title Viscount Lisle became extinct, but the Barony of Lisle passed to his unborn daughter Elizabeth, his only child.



Born in 1480, [2] he was the eldest son and heir of Edward Grey, 1st Viscount Lisle and Elizabeth Talbot (d. 1487), 3rd Baroness Lisle, daughter and eventual heiress of John Talbot, 1st Viscount Lisle and 1st Baron Lisle (1423–1453), heiress to the Barony of Lisle. [3] His siblings were: [4]

John Grey gained the title Viscount Lisle on the death of his father in 1492.

Personal life

In June 1504 he married Muriel (or Marcella) Howard (died 1512), daughter of Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk. [5] They were the parents of Elizabeth Grey, 3rd Viscountess Lisle and 5th Baroness Lisle (15051519), born after her father's death. His daughter inherited Kibworth Beauchamp Manor in Leicestershire from him. [6] In 1506 his widow married Thomas Knyvett, who became his daughter's stepfather. After the death of both her mother and Knyvett during 1512 Elizabeth was left an orphan and became the ward of Sir Charles Brandon, to whom she was betrothed in 1513 aged just eight years old. [7] When instead in 1515 he married Mary Tudor he surrendered Elizabeth's wardship. She married Henry Courtenay, 1st Marquess of Exeter but she died before the marriage could be consummated. [8]

Lisle died at the family estate Kingston Lisle Park in September 1504 aged 24 [7] and was buried in Abingdon Abbey. [9] [10] [11]

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  1. Debrett's Peerage, 1968, p.1015, Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury & Waterford
  2. Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy (London, U.K.: The Bodley Head, 1999), page 140
  3. Byrne, Muriel St Clare, (ed.), The Lisle Letters, London & Chicago, 1981, 6 vols., vol.1, appendix 9, pedigree of Arthur Plantagenet, 1st Viscount Lisle
  4. Byrne, vol 1, appendix 9
  5. Table of English Lords D - K, Foundation for Medieval Genealogy
  6. Kibworth Beauchamp Manor: 11th to 20th Century, History of Kibworth Village website
  7. 1 2 The New Peerage; or Ancient and Present State of the Nobility of Scotland with the Extinct Peerage of England, Scotland, and Ireland, (N.D.) Google Books, p. 518
  8. Elizabeth Grey (1505-1519), Who's Who of Tudor Women, Kathy Lynn Emerson
  9. Kingston Castle, Royal Berkshire History website
  10. G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume VIII, page 61
  11. John Grey, 2nd Viscount Lisle, Smyth's Berkeley Genealogy of 1628
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