Leigh Goff

Writing Enchanting Ever-Afters ♥

Royal Alchemists: The Greys & the Fitzgeralds

“Till so for ways of witchery,

And arts of darkness famed

In all the land, that he at last

‘The Wizard Earl’ was named.”

– From The Wizard Earl-A Legend of Kilkea Castle

Greys & Alchemy

1400s: Henry de Grey, 4th Baron Grey of Codnor and a blood relation to Queen Jane Grey is said to have been extremely interested in alchemy, going so far as to garner the King’s permission to transmute mercury into silver or gold. In 1478, concerned with the power Gerald FitzGerald, 8th Earl of Kildare held in Ireland, the King dismissed the earl as Lord Deputy and appointed Henry de Grey in his place.

Fitzgeralds & Alchemy

In 1530, Henry’s relative, Lady Elizabeth Grey married the 9th Earl of Kildare, who was thought to be a warlock, and they produced a son, Gerald FitzGerald, the 11th Earl of Kildare, who was commonly known as the Wizard Earl for his fascination with alchemy, metallurgy, and ancient magic. He is said to have had magical powers, which allowed him to transform himself into a blackbird. The FitzGerald bloodline includes the magic from Áine, the Irish goddess of summer. She is associated with the Fitzgeralds through marriage to the 3rd Earl of Kildare. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Grey,_4th_(7th)_Baron_Grey_of_Codnor#cite_note-13)

Henry de Grey, 4th Baron Grey of Codnor (1400s) related to Sir John de Grey- Ancestor to

Thomas Grey, 1st Marquess of Dorset

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Thomas Grey, 2nd Marquess   Eleanor Grey         Elizabeth Grey

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Henry Grey, 1st Duke of Suffolk    Sir Thomas Arundell  G. FitzGerald, Wizard Earl

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                                Queen Jane Grey              Sir Thomas Arundell


Sir Matthew Arundell


Sir Thomas Arundell


Anne Arundell


Charles Calvert, 3rd Baron Baltimore