This small town in KwaZulu-Natal was, according to district records, named in honour of Earl Grey, the renowned British politician. It would however seem that the town was actually named after Sir George Grey, the Governor of the Cape from 1854 to 1861. Prior to this, on 31 December 1853, the district residents met to name the town, and decided on 'Pretorius' after Andries Pretorius. The colonial government refused to allow this, remembering that Pretorius had borne arms against the British. A tentative name had already been fixed to the plan drawn by the surveyor and this was adopted.
https://www.greytown.co.za/ |https://www.greytown.co.za/chrono.htm - for a chronology of the town|https://www.greytown.co.za/districtrecords/excerpts.htm - for an historical background to the town and district records|https://www.greytown.co.za/bambathastment.htm - for a brief history of the Bambatha Rebellion in the region|https://www.sendpix.com/albums/04010322/2226190000000f5453a72e325366b97bc11f7620ebc77f/ - for a gallery of historical images