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Subject: Re: Royal Descent of Thomas Keys, husband of Lady Mary Grey
Date: Sun, 7 Jul 2002 07:10:39 EDT

The "Keys" family are still around, and can be found in Burke's Peerage under
Keys (I was at school with one of them), but unfortunatly there is nothing on
Thomas's first wife, just "m 1st _____ (d by 1565) and had three children; m
2nd 1565 secretly Lady Mary Grey ..."

Burke's states that Thomas' father was Richard but by his 1st wife Agnes sis
to Sir William Saunders, not by his m2 Myldrede d of Sir John Scott of
Scott's Hall.

There is more information in Burke's (I am looking at 106 Ed, 1999), if you
do not have access to a copy, let me know.


Brad Verity wrote:

> I was surprised to find a royal descent for Thomas Keys, the MP [1554] from
> Kent, who was thrown in the Fleet prison in 1565 by Elizabeth I when she
> discovered he had secretly married her cousin Lady Mary Grey, sister to the
> unfortunate Lady Jane Grey. He was released in 1568, but forbidden to ever
> see his wife, and the Queen never relented and allowed the couple to
> reunite. Keys died in Sept. 1571, and his widow Lady Mary asked the Queen
> to give her custody of Keys' son and daughter from his first marriage.
> Lady
> Mary (Grey) Keys died in 1578.

> Here's the descent:
> 1)Edward I
> 2)Joan of Acre
> 3)Eleanor de Clare, m. Hugh Despenser the Younger
> 4)Isabel Despenser, m. Richard, Earl of Arundel
> 5)Sir Edmund d'Arundel
> 6)Philippa d'Arundel, m. Sir Richard Cergeaux, of Colquite, Cornwall
> 7)Philippa Cergeaux, b. abt. 1373, m. 1st, Robert Paschle, of Pashley,
> Sussex and Evegate, Smeeth, Kent, and d. July 1420.
> 8)Sir John Passhele, of Pashley & Evegate, d. abt. 31 Hen. VI [C
> 139/149/26,
> Passhele, John, kt: Kent, Sussex, 31 Hen VI]
> 9)John Passhele, of Pashley & Evegate*, presumably the subject of the PRO
> document: "C 1/24/6, John Passhele, esq., son of Sir John Passhele, knt.
> v.
> William Hante and Thomas Bodulgate, esqrs., and Edward Clayton, priest,
> feoffees of the said Sir John.: Manors of Thenegate, Pashley in Ticehurst
> (Tysherst), Moote, Rigge, and Frenssh Court, with other lands, &c., 32 Hen.
> VI"
> 10)Elizabeth Passheley*, m. Reginald Pympe, of Nettlestead, Kent, and d.
> abt. 18 Hen. VIII [C 142/45/126, Pympe, Elizabeth: Kent, 18 Hen. VIII]. He
> d. abt. 23 Hen. VIII [C 142/52/121, Pympe, Reginald: Kent, 23 Hen. VIII],
> and was presumably the subject of the PRO document: "C 1/281/65, Anne
> Brent,
> late the wife of William Passhely, of Smeeth. v. Reynold Pympe, tenant of
> the manor of Evegate.: Annuity out of the said manor: Kent."
> 11)Anne Pympe, m. by 1507, Sir John Scott, of Scot's Hall, Smeeth, Kent, MP
> [1512], b. by 1484, d. 7 Oct. 1533.
> 12)Mildred Scott, m. 1st, John Dygges, of Barrane, Kent; m. 2nd, Richard
> Keys, of St. Radigund's, Kent, who d. 1545/6. Mildred survived him.
> 13)Thomas Keys of St. Radigund's, m. 2nd, Lady Mary Grey, dau. of 3rd
> Marquess of Dorset & sister of Lady Jane Grey.
> *Need further research to verify the link of these two generations.
> HOP does not have any info on Thomas Keys' first wife, or his children by
> her. Has anything further on them come to light recently?
> Regards, --------Brad Verity

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