Robert Grey was at Merchant Taylors from 1847 to 1853.
He was Twice Master of the Watermen and Lightermen’s Company (1887 and 1888), Almoner of St Bart’s for four years, and of Charing Cross Hospital of which he was a Governor. He was also a Governor and the Treasurer of the Foundling Hospital, where he died in 1914.
He was President of the MTS Club in 1903-04.
Initiated into Freemasonry on 13 February 1860 in St Andrew’s Lodge No 222 (then known as St Andrew’s-in-the-East Lodge No 222), Grey was the Founding Worshipful Master of Sir Thomas White Lodge No 1820. Echoing his Mastership of his livery, he was also Worshipful Master twice, in the first two years of the Lodge’s history.
He joined the Prince of Wales’s Lodge No 259 in 1864 and became a Grand Steward upon their nomination in 1866. He served the MW Grand Master the Prince of Wales in the initiation of his brother the Duke of Connaught in 1874, before being made Junior Grand Warden in 1875.
He was exalted into Royal York Chapter of Perseverance No 7.