1) One of several alternative names for the badger.
Townsmen who could provide proof that they had killed such an animal received a small cash payment from the churchwardens: 1648 Item for 3 gray heads 3s 0d, Elland
1676 six hedghogs, a Gray and two Wilcatts, Shipley
1690 For two gray heads 2s 0d, Conistone.
2) In early references to fur this was probably the gray squirrel, since ‘greywerk’ was the term for the finest squirrel skins.
1366 unam togam taune furratam cum grys, Arncliffe in Craven
1388 pur j furrure de gray, Calverley
1410 De una pylchia de gray, York
1431 unam longam togam de viridi cum furrura de gray, Arncliffe in Craven
1445 ‘a cloak coloured murray and faced with skins of gray', Bolton
1463 20 tymbres graywarke, Hull
1466 Lego dominć Isabellć Vavasour ... mantellum meum penulatum cum gray, York.