Clement-Jones family - Person Sheet
Clement-Jones family - Person Sheet
NameSir Robert SIDNEY 1st Earl of Leicester , 12554
FatherSir Henry SIDNEY , 12588
MotherMary DUDLEY , 12589 (1532-1586)
FatherJohn GAMAGE , 12590 (-1584)
MotherGwennilian POWELL , 12939
ChildrenRobert , 12399 (1595-1677)
 Mary , 12591
 William , 12592 (1613-)
 Henry , 12593
 Philip , 12594
Notes for Sir Robert SIDNEY 1st Earl of Leicester
Robert Sidney, 1st Earl of Leicester (19 November 1563 – 13 July 1626), second son of Sir Henry Sidney, was a statesman of Elizabethan and Jacobean England. He was also a patron of the arts and an interesting poet. His mother, Mary Sidney née Dudley, was a lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth I and a sister of Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, an advisor and favourite of the Queen.
Contents [hide]
1 Career
2 Marriage & progeny
3 Music and poetry
4 Armorials
5 References
Career[edit source | editbeta]

He was educated at Christ Church, Oxford, afterwards travelling on the Continent for some years between 1578 and 1583. In 1585 he was elected member of parliament for Glamorganshire; and in the same year he went with his elder brother, Sir Philip Sidney to the Netherlands, where he served in the war against Spain under Robert Dudley. He was present at the Battle of Zutphen where Sir Philip Sidney was mortally wounded, and remained with his brother.
After visiting Scotland on a diplomatic mission in 1588, and France on a similar errand in 1593, he returned to the Netherlands in 1606, where he rendered distinguished service in the war for the next two years. He had been appointed governor of Flushing in 1588, and he spent much time there. In 1595 he sent his business manager Rowland Whyte to court to lobby for resources for Flushing, and to send him information about events at court including the latest political gossip. Whyte's letters provide a major resource for historians of the period. Whyte himself regularly complains about the indecipherable handwriting of his employer's replies.[1]
In 1603, on the accession of James I, he returned to England. James raised him at once to the peerage as Baron Sidney of Penshurst, and he was appointed chamberlain to the queen consort, Anne of Denmark. In 1605 he was created Viscount Lisle, and in 1618 Earl of Leicester, the latter title having become extinct in 1588 on the death of his uncle, part of whose property he had inherited.
Marriage & progeny[edit source | editbeta]

Barbara Sidney with six of her children, painted c.1596 by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger (1561–1636), collection of Viscount de Lisle, Penshurst Place

Sidney's second wife, Sarah Blount, inscribed: 1599 Aetatis Suae 19 ("1599 of her age 19")

Sidney married twice:

Firstly to Barbara Gamage, a noted heiress and beauty, the daughter of John Gamage, of Coity Castle, a Glamorgan gentleman. By his first wife he had eleven children.
Sir William Sidney (d.1613), his eldest son who predeceased his father and died unmarried.
Robert Sidney, 2nd Earl of Leicester, second son and heir.
Henry Sidney
Philip Sidney
Mary Sidney, (Lady Mary Wroth), who married Sir Robert Wroth of Loughton Hall, was like her father a poet; Ben Jonson dedicated The Alchemist to her in 1612.
Catherine Sidney
Philippa Sidney, married Sir John Hobart, 2nd Baronet, third son of Sir Henry Hobart, 1st Baronet, Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas and ancestor of the Earls of Buckinghamshire.
Barbara Sidney
Dorothy Sidney
Bridget Sidney
Secondly to Sarah Blount, daughter of William Blount, and widow of Sir Thomas Smythe.
Last Modified 8 Aug 2013Created 2 Apr 2024 using Reunion for Macintosh