Grey, Thomas de, 6th Baron Walsingham (1843 -1919)

Thomas de Grey was the son of Thomas de Grey, 5th Baron Walsingham, and Augusta-Louisa, daughter of Sir Robert Frankland-Russell, 7th Baronet. Born in London, educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge, he sat as Conservative Member of Parliament for West Norfolk from 1865 until 1870, when he succeeded to the title and estates of his father, and entered the House of Lords. In addition to being a first-class cricketer, he was also a keen lepidopterist. His collection of butterflies and moths was one of the most important ever assembled, which after his purchase of the Zeller, Hofmann and Christoph collections contained over 260,000 specimens. He donated it to the Natural History Museum, along with his library of 2,600 books. He ran the family's estate at Merton, Norfolk, served as trustee of the British Museum, and performed many other public functions. He married three times, but left no heir, and was succeeded as Baron by his half-brother. He married his third wife, Agnes Dawson, in 1914.
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