Thomas de Grey, 5th Baron Walsingham

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Thomas de Grey, 5th Baron Walsingham (6 July 1804 – 31 December 1870), of Merton Hall, Norfolk, was a British peer. [1]


Merton Hall, the family seat in Norfolk Merton Hall (geograph 2418018).jpg
Merton Hall, the family seat in Norfolk


Grey was born in Chelsea, the eldest son of the Venerable Thomas de Grey, Archdeacon of Surrey, a clergyman who in 1831 succeeded his brother George de Grey, 3rd Baron Walsingham, as the result of a house fire.

He studied law at Lincoln's Inn and became a barrister in 1827. In 1839 he succeeded his father as Lord Walsingham. [2]

He married firstly in 1842 Augusta Louisa Frankland-Russell, the daughter and coheiress of Sir Robert Frankland-Russell, 7th Baronet, of Thirkleby, Yorkshire, with whom he had a son, Thomas de Grey, 6th Baron Walsingham (29 July 1843 - 3 Dec 1919).

After the death of his wife, Walsingham married secondly the Hon. Emily Elizabeth Julia Thellusson, daughter and coheiress of John Thellusson, 2nd Baron Rendlesham, with whom he had another four sons and four daughters:

In 1870 Walsingham committed suicide at Merton, Norfolk.


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Arms of Grey, Baron Walsingham

The arms of the Lords Walsingham are blazoned

Barry of six argent and azure, in chief three annulets gules; crest: A wyvern's head or; supporters: Two wyverns regardant argent collard azure chained or and charged on the breast with three annulets gules; motto: Excitari Non Herescere ("to be spirited not inactive") [3]

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  2. "Walsingham, Baron (GB, 1780)". The Peerage Research Trust. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  3. Debrett's Peerage & Baronetage. 2000.
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