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Several Shades of Grey

The entry below is a synopsis of our speakers talk on 17th December 2017.

A factual and interesting presentation entitled “Several Shades of Grey” this week was given by Mrs Marion Anderson a historian who has been a Newcastle City Guide for the last 38 years.

Marion outlined the early history of the Grey family but concentrated on Charles Earl Grey 1794-1845 and Edward Grey of Fallodon 1862-1963 both splendid men who were descended from two North Country families both with the name of Grey, The Greys of Horton and Chillingham and the Greys of Hetton. Marion went on to relate the rise to high office of Charles 2nd Earl Grey the leading Whig politician of the early 1800s.

Succeeding Charles James Fox, when the Tories were in the ascendant for 30 years under George III and IV, before becoming Prime Minister in 1830. The 2nd Earl Grey introduced the Great Reform Bill of 1832. The first major step towards modern parliamentary democracy, in the teeth of opposition from the Duke of Wellington, his predecessor in 10 Downing Street. Then Edward Grey 1st Viscount Grey of Fallodon who was a British Liberal statesman who is probably best remembered for his "the lamps are going out" remark on 3 August 1914 on the outbreak of the First World War he was Secretary of state for Foreign Affairs and Ambassador to the United states who was instrumental in getting the Americans to join in to WW1 due to his reputation for honesty.

Our members who thoroughly enjoyed the presentation, questions followed on several points to conclude a delightful morning.

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