Thomas de Grey, 2nd Baron Walsingham

British politician

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The Lord Walsingham

Merton Hall – de Grey family seat in Norfolk
Joint Postmaster General
In office

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Monarch George III
Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger
Preceded by The Lord Carteret
The Earl of Clarendon
Succeeded by The Earl of Chesterfield
The Earl of Leicester
Personal details
Born (1748-07-14)14 July 1748
Died 16 January 1818(1818-01-16) (aged 69)
Nationality British
Spouse Hon. Augusta Irby
Arms of Grey, Barons Walsingham: 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”) [1]

Thomas de Grey, 2nd Baron Walsingham PC (14 July 1748 – 16 January 1818), was a British politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1774 to 1781 when he succeeded to the peerage as Baron Walsingham. He served as Joint Postmaster General and was for many years Chairman of Committees in the House of Lords.[2]


Walsingham was the son of William de Grey, 1st Baron Walsingham, Chief Justice of the Common Pleas,[3] and educated at Eton College from 1760 to 1765 and was admitted at Trinity Hall, Cambridge in 1766. He succeeded his father as 2nd Baron Walsingham on 9 May 1781 and inherited his Merton Hall, Norfolk estate from his uncle Thomas de Grey the same year.

He served as Groom of the Bedchamber to King George III from 1771 to 1777. His other public posts included Lord of Trade (1777–1781), Under-Secretary of State for the American department (February 1778 – September 1780), Vice-Treasurer of Ireland (1784–1787) and joint Postmaster General (1787–1794).

Political career[edit]

Walsingham sat as Member of Parliament for Wareham in 1774,[4] for Tamworth from 1774 to 1780,[5] and for Lostwithiel from 1780 to 1781,[6] when he succeeded his father and took his seat in the House of Lords. In 1783 Lord Walsingham was admitted to the Privy Council,[7] and from 1794 to 1814 was Chairman of Committees in the House of Lords.[3]


Lord Walsingham married the Hon. Augusta Georgina Elizabeth Irby, daughter of William Irby, 1st Baron Boston. He died in January 1818, aged 69, and was succeeded in the barony by his eldest son, George.[8]


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  2. ^ “DE GREY, Thomas (1748-1818), of Merton, Norf”. History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  3. ^ a b Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett’s Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin’s Press, 1990,[page needed]
  4. ^ House of Commons: Wakefield to Waterford County West[usurped]
  5. ^ House of Commons: Tain Burghs to Tipperary North[usurped]
  6. ^ House of Commons: London University to Lymington[usurped]
  7. ^ “No. 12506”. The London Gazette. 30 December 1783. p. 1.
  8. ^ Lundy, Darryl. “ Thomas de Grey, 2nd Baron Walsingham”. The Peerage.[unreliable source]
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by

Member of Parliament for Wareham
With: Robert Palk
Succeeded by

Preceded by

Member of Parliament for Tamworth
With: Edward Thurlow 1774–1778
Anthony Chamier 1778–1780
Succeeded by

Preceded by

Member of Parliament for Lostwithiel
With: John St John 1780
George Johnstone 1780–1781
Succeeded by

Political offices
Preceded by

Joint Postmaster General
With: The Lord Carteret 1787–1789
The Earl of Westmorland 1789–1790
The Earl of Chesterfield 1790–1794
Succeeded by

Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by

Baron Walsingham
Succeeded by