You'd die for them, happily. Your family. But at the same time you think, Christ, I can't die! What might happen to them if I weren't here? And you know bloody well that you mostly can't help them anyway; they've got to do it—or not—themselves.

Harold "Hal" Grey, Duke of Pardloe, Earl of Melton, is the older brother of Lord John Grey. He is Colonel of the 46th Regiment of Foot. His lives in London at Argus House.

Personal HistoryEdit

Hal is the eldest son of Gerard Grey, and third son of Benedicta Grey. He has two elder half-brothers, Edgar and Paul DeVane. Upon his father's apparent suicide in 1741, amid accusations that Gerard was a Jacobite conspirator, Hal renounced his ducal title and instead used his lesser title, Earl of Melton. He had his younger brother, John, sent to Aberdeen to live with his mother's people, while Benedicta herself went away to France for a time. During the Jacobite Rising of 1745, Hal threw himself into building his regiment for the campaign in Scotland, determined to emphasize the Greys' loyalty to the English crown.

Sometime after his father's death, Hal discovered that a man named Nathaniel Twelvetrees had seduced Hal's wife, Esmé. Hal challenged Twelvetrees to a duel; Twelvetrees chose pistols, and Hal struck the man in the arm. It was not a fatal wound; however, Twelvetrees' wound turned septic and he died. After that, Esmé died in childbirth, along with the child.

Around 1750, Hal came upon a young woman named Minerva in his study, attempting to open the locked drawer in his desk. Ultimately, they had a one-night stand there in the study, and she left that night, refusing to provide her address and evading even the coachman's effort to discover it. Hal finally found her again six months later, in Amsterdam at her father's bookshop. He was shocked to discover that she was pregnant, but promptly carried her out of the shop and into a coach, and married her shortly thereafter.

Outlander SeriesEdit

Lord John SeriesEdit


High handed and convinced of his own judgment.

Physical AppearanceEdit

Hal greatly resembles his brother, John, though with a few key differences. His eyes are the same pale blue as his brother's, large and slightly girlish, but his brows and lashes are dark like his hair, giving his eyes a more piercing quality. He inherited his father's slight build and tidy muscularity. Like his brother Hal generally wears his own hair just powdered rather than a wig. Unlike his brother his face is deeply weathered and gaunt, marked with harsh lines carved by long duty and the stress of command.



  • Harold comes from the Old English name Hereweald, derived from the elements here "army" and weald "power, leader, ruler".[6]
  • Grey has two possible origins: 1) an Anglo-Saxon, Old English nickname for someone with grey hair or a grey beard, derived from the Old English pre 7th Century word "graeg", grey; 2) from the place called "Graye" in Calvados, Normandy, so called from the Old Gallo-Roman personal name "Gratus" meaning "Welcome" or "Pleasing", with the suffix "acum" meaning settlement or village.[7]


TV SeriesEdit

Main article: Outlander (TV series)

English actor Sam Hoare portrays Hal Grey "Lord Melton" in the Outlander television series.


Season Three


  1. 1.0 1.1 "A Fugitive Green", chapter 18.
  2. Age as of the end of Written in My Own Heart's Blood.
  3. Although Hal refused to use his ducal title until 1758, he was still, in fact, the second Duke of Pardloe.
  4. In Voyager, Hal's title is given as "Lord Melton, Earl of Moray" in a letter from Lord John to Melton. "Earl of Moray" does not appear in any other books, and may be considered an error.
  5. Gabaldon, Diana. "The Custom of the Army (SPOILERS!)." MSG: 66876.109. Diana Gabaldon. Books and Writers Community. Compuserve. Published 27 March 2010. Accessed 18 July 2016. 
  6. Behind the Name: Harold. Accessed 4 May 2016.
  7. The Internet Surname Database: Grey. Accessed 19 June 2014
  8. Voyager, chapter 7

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