Milfield Grey's DNA

Five generations of Milfield Greys have attempted to prove that they were descended from Sir Edward Grey of Morpeth Castle, sharing an ancestor with the famous Greys of Howick, but without success. With new technology it is possible that there may be a means to make the connection. A Milfield Grey descendant has had his Y DNA tested with the 37 marker test by the American company We have also tested a Middle Ord Grey descendant. Their common ancestor, 8 generations ago, was John Grey of Longhorsley born in 1710. They have turned out to be 97.28% likely to be related. Their DNA is I-M170. So far no other close matches have been made on the database. There is a Grey surname project attached to it. Most of the Grey/Grays in the Grey surname project are in haplogroup R-M269, but it is a very small database of only 284 members. In the haplogroup I 2 project , which has 291 members, there are a number of Scottish surnames like Wallace, Stewart, and Livingstone, but also names from Scandinavia, Germany, and further east although no close matches.

If a direct male descendant from the titled Northumberland Greys can be found, then perhaps we can prove or disprove the connection.

Above map from : Ancestral Journeys by Jean Manco Thames and Hudson 2014 . Ancestral Journeys: The Peopling of Europe from the First Venturers to the Vikings published 9 Sep 2013 "This pioneering book brings together for the first time the latest genetic evidence and combines it with archaeology and linguistics to produce a new history of Europe. Who are the Europeans? Where did they come from? In recent years scientific advances have yielded a mass of new data, turning cherished ideas upside down. The idea of migration in prehistory, so long out of favour, is back on the agenda. Visions of continuity now have to give way to a more dynamic view of Europe's past, with one wave of migration followed by another, from the first human arrivals to the Vikings".
Recent research into Scottish DNA has been done by Strathclyde University and work on UK DNA was published in the Journal Nature in March 2015.