4/1325, John born in Oxford, England, s/o 15211428. Lord John de Grey & 30422705. Katherine Fitz Alan.
2/1/1327 at Westminster, Edward III, age 14, crowned king of England.
Bef. 8/7/1328, John’s mother died.
1343, Richard de Mousegrave presented to Sedistern by John, son of John de Grey of Rotherfield, attorney of Sir Miles de Stapleton. (S) History of the Counry of Norfolk, V3, 1769, P854.
1344, John with letters of protection going overseas with his cousin William de Clinton, Earl of Huntingdon.
[––John & Maud––]
~1345, John married Maud.
7/12/1346, King Edward landed an invasion force of 10000 in Normandy, which marched north plundering the countryside. King Philip VI, with 8000 horsemen and 4000 Genoese crossbowmen pursued.
7/15/1346 at La Hogue, Pardon, for good service done to the king and especially at the present time in his passage to Normandy … Thomas de Bello Campo, earl of Warwick, John de Grey of Retherfeld. By K. [Then many pardons follow “by testimony of John de Grey of Retherfeld”.] (S) CPRs.
7/26/1346 at Caen, capital of Normandy, Edward’s forces captured the city; and Raoul, Count of Eu, Constable of France, and Jean de Tancarville, Grand Chamberlain of France.
8/26/1346, John fought in the 1st division with Edward, Prince of Wales, at the battle of Crecy. [This is good evidence that this was the son and not the father. Prince Edward, the Black knight, associated himself with young knights.]
8/26/1346, The battle of Crecy, north of Paris. Edward III vs. Philip VI, heralded the rise of the longbow as the dominant weapon, and also saw the use of the ribauldequin, an early cannon, by the English. The English longbowmen could fire much more quickly than the Genoese, with a killing range of 250 yards. A decisive victory, a third of the French forces lost [mainly to arrows] to less than 100 Englishmen, this started the decline in importance of the mounted knight, and the rise of England as a European power.
1347, John at the siege of Calais.
8/24/1347 at Calais, Pardon to Thomas de Wetelache of Orell. By K. and testimony of John de Grey of Retherfeld. (S) CPRs. [Also see 2/24 & 2/28 & 3/14 & 8/18]. [On this date Calais fell to the siege.]
1348, The Black Death entered the west countryside of England [likely entering through Bristol].
[Difficult to differentiate between father and son during the following time. John’s father was a knight, but also Steward of the King’s household.]
9/7/1350, John de Pothow (Potto); Thomas Dese of Fencote … Pothow and Dese request that they be granted charters of pardon for the deaths of Schat and Rynet respectively, Pothow having been in the company of Grey … John Schat of Gribthorpe; John Grey of Rotherfield; John Rynet. (S) UKNA.
11/26/1350, Pardon, at the request of John de Grey of Rotherfield … (S) CPRs.
11/5/1351, Pardon to Philip de Carteret for his adherence to the French against the king, … bear himself well … restitution to him of all his lands … By K. on the information of John de Grey of Retherfeld … (S) CPRs.
1351-2, Receipt by Isabel de Wodestok, the eldest daughter of the King, to John de Grey of Rotherfield, banneret, for £15. farm of the manor of Minster [Lovell]: Oxford. (S) UKNA.
1353, John a commissioner of array for the counties of Oxford and Buckingham.
11/15/1355, Commission of oyer and terminer to John de Grey of Retherfeld, … (S) CPRs.
9/1/1359, John succeeded as 2nd Lord Grey. (S) UKNA.
1359, Receipt by Isabel the King’s eldest daughter to Sir John Grey of Rotherfield for £15 rent of Minster Lovell for Easter term: [Oxford]. (S) UKNA.
5/11/1360, Debtor: John de Grey, knight, of Rotherfield [Greys, Binfield Hundred, Oxon.]. Creditor: The Prior of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem in England. Amount: 1000m. (S) UKNA.
1360-73, John summoned to parliament by writ.
5/30/1361, Commission of the peace … John de Grey of Rotherfeld, William de Shareshull, … county of Oxford. (S) CPRs.
6/7/1364, Commission of the peace … John de Grey of Retherfeld, … county of Oxford. (S) CPRs.
1366, Sir Bartholomew de Burghersh petitioned the Pope on behalf of John and Maud for an indult of plenary remission.
1366-7, Letters of attorney from John de Grey, of Rotherfeld. (S) UKNA.
5/18/1367, Commission of the peace … John de Grey of Retherfeld, … county of Oxford. (S) CPRs.
2/8/1368, Licence, for £40 … John de Grey of Retherfeld, … enfeoff … manors of Rotherfeld, Cogges and Somerton, co. Oxford, and the manor of Dunston, co. Northampton, … Rotherfeld, Coges and Duston to the said John in tail male, and the manor of Somerton to Elizabeth, late the wife of John de Grey, the younger [son of this John] … with remainder in tail to Joan, daughter of the said John, the younger, and Elizabeth ; … remainder … all the said manors to the right heirs of the said John de Grey, the elder. (S) CPRs.
6/4/1375, John de Grey of Retherfeld, knight: Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Kent, Buckinghamshire, Yorkshire (North Riding) died; his son Bartholomew his heir. (S) UKNA.
6/15/1375, IPM of John de Grey of Retherfeld, knight. Northampton: Duston. The manor … Bartholomew Grey, knight, his son, aged 28 years and more, is his heir … Oxford: Retherfeld. One moiety of the manor … Stanlake. He was once seised of a fourth part of the manor jointly with Maud his wife, who survives … He died on 4 June last. Kent: Leysdon in the isle of Schepeye. Buckingham: Estclaydon. 4 virgates of land, … Shobyndon. The manor … York: Bedale. A moiety of the manor … Ascam. A moiety of the manor … Stylingflete. The manor … (S) CIsPM.
7/13/1377, Richard II, age 10, crowned king of England.
3/20/1378, “Robert Grey of Rotherfield to settle half the manor of Rotherfield, … …, now held in dower by Matilda late the wife of John Grey, knight, Robert's father, ….” (S) UKNA.
1/23/1386, Maud died. (S) IPM of son Robert.
1/16/1388, IPM for Robert Grey (3802838) of Retherfeld. Northampton: John Grey of Retherfeld was seised in fee of … John had 3 sons by Maud (7605677), then his wife, to wit, Bartholomew de Grey, the elder, Robert de Grey and Richard de Grey, and died seised … was assigned after his death to the said Maud as her dower … Bartholomew died without heir of his body during Maud’s lifetime, and Maud died seised of such estate in the manor on 23 January, 10 Richard II. After her death the said Robert, named in the writ, entered into the manor as son and heir male of the said John, … (S) CIsPM.
(S) The Castles of England, Mackenzie, 1896, P155. (S) Magna Carta Ancestry, P630.
Children of John and Maud:
i. Bartholomew de Grey, born 1347 in England.
8/8/1375, Bartholomew de Grey of Rotherfield Greys to John Knyvet, chancellor: he and his mother have agreed upon his mother's dower; his mother's appointment of an attorney. Dated at Rotherfield Greys. (S) UKNA.
10/1375, Bartholomew died.
12/1375, IPM of Bartholomew de Grey of Rutherfeld, knight. Oxford: … He died on Sunday the feast of St. Martin last. Robert Grey, his brother, aged 26 years and more, is his heir. (S) CIsPM.
ii. Robert de Grey (3802838), born 1349 in England.
iii. Richard de Grey, born 1361 in England.
1/12/1388, Richard the male heir of his brother Robert. [Other properties to Robert’s daughter Joan.]