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Sir George Sydenham, Knight

Also Known As: "George Sidenham"
Birthdate: (72)
Birthplace: Brympton, Somerset, England
Death: January 17, 1596 (68-76)
Chilworthy, Somerset, England, United Kingdom
Place of Burial: Somerset, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir John Sydenham, Kt., MP and Ursula Sydenham
Husband of Elizabeth Sydenham
Father of Elizabeth Courtenay
Brother of John Sydenham "the elder"; William Sydenham; Henry Sydenham; John Sydenham "the younger"; Elizabeth Sydenham and 3 others

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About Sir George Sydenham, Sheriff of Somerset

  • Sir George Sydenham1
  • M, #249002
  • Last Edited=29 Oct 2007
  • Sir George Sydenham lived at Combe Sydenham, England.1
  • Child of Sir George Sydenham
    • 1.Elizabeth Sydenham1 d. 9 Jun 1598
  • Citations
  • 1.[S37] BP2003 volume 1, page 1124. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]
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  • Ursula BRYDGES
  • Born: ABT 1499
  • Died: Jan 1575/6
  • Notes: her will of 31 Oct 1575 was proved in Feb 1576. Her husbands will of 8 Apr 1557 was proved 21 May 1557. He was Justice of the Peace for Somersetshire, 1543-1557; served in the French campaign of 1544; Sheriff of Somerset and Dorsetshire, 1546-1547 and 1554-1555; knighted 3 Nov 1549; Knight of the Shire for Somerset, 1554.
  • Father: Giles BRUGGE (Sheriff of Gloucester)
  • Mother: Isabel BAYNHAM
  • Married: John SYDENHAM (Sir) (b. 1494 - d. 16 Apr 1557) (son of John Sydenham and Elizabeth Touchet) 1515, Somerset, England
  • Children:
    • 1. John SYDENHAM (Sir Knight) (b. 1520 - d. BEF 1596) (m1. Grace Godolphin - m2. Mary Blount)
    • 2. Walter SYDENHAM
    • 3. George SYDENHAM (Sir Knight) (father of Elizabeth Sydenham Drake)
    • 4. Henry SYDENHAM
    • 5. John SYDENHAM (Sir Knight) (b. 1528 - d. 1 Jan 1590)(m. Mary Poyntz)
    • 6. Anne SYDENHAM
    • 7. William SYDENHAM
    • 8. Elizabeth SYDENHAM
    • 9. Mary SYDENHAM (m. Sir Henry Knyvett of Charlton)
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  • Combe Sydenham
  • .... In 1585, Francis Drake married Elizabeth Sydenham—born circa 1562, the only child of Sir George Sydenham,[4] who was the High Sheriff of Somerset.[5] Drake and Elizabeth Sydenham were to be married earlier however he left on a long voyage and her father arranged for her to be married to a son of the Wyndham family of Orchard Wyndham. On the day of wedding as they were approaching the Church of St Mary at Stogumber there was a loud clap of thunder and a large meteorite crashed through the roof. This was seen as a bad omen and the wedding stopped. Drake had arrived back in Plymouth the same day, and they were later married at the Church of All Saints in Monksilver. The iron meteorite, which became known as "Drake's cannon ball", is 14 inches (36 cm) in diameter. It has been polished when rolled down hills and has remained at the house ever since.[4] After Drake's death, Elizabeth eventually married Sir William Courtenay of Powderham.[6] .... etc.
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  • DRAKE, Francis (c.1540-96), of Buckland Abbey and Yealmpton, Devon.
  • b. c.1540, s. of Edmund Drake. m. (1) 4 duly 1569, Mary Newman (d.1583), s.p.; (2) 1585, Elizabeth, da. of Sir George Sydenham of Combe Sydenham, s.p. Kntd. 4 Apr. 1581.
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  • COURTENAY, Sir William I (1553-1630), of Powderham, Devon.
  • b. June 1553, 1st s. of Sir William Courtenay† of Powderham by Elizabeth, da. of John Paulet, 2nd Mq. of Winchester. educ. M. Temple 1578. m. (1) lic. 18 Jan. 1573, Lady Elizabeth Manners, da. of Henry Manners, 2nd Earl of Rutland, 7s. inc. Sir William II 3da.; (2) Elizabeth (d.1598), da. of Sir George Sydenham of Combe Sydenham, wid. of Francis Drake; (3) Jane, da. of Robert Hill of Yarde, Som. suc. fa. 1557. Kntd. 1576.1
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  • Somerset Record Society: Publication (1905) Vol. 21
  • Pg.190-192
    • 1557. JOHN SYDENHAM, KNT.
    • [15 Wrastley.]
  • April 8th, 1557 John Sydenham of Brympton, co. Somerset, knight. My body to be buried in the parish church of Saynt Androwe in Brympton. To St. Andrew's church of Wells 10s. To the church of Brympton 6s. 8d. To my daughter Anne towards her marriage 400 marks. I will that all my purchase land as well the rentes as also all the casualties, fynes, profyttes and all other revenues of the same shall from time to time be and remain to the use and payment of my debts after which I bequeath to Henry my son all my messuages and lands etc. in Bouley, Mylston, Monkensale, Moreston, Sampford Peverell, Uplomen, Holycombe Rogue, Burlescombe, Collompton, Teberton, Gambeston, Chyttye Hmpton, Thorvorton, Upton Pyne, Langleigh and Rolleston, co. Devon to have and to hold to the said Henry Sydenham and his heirs male and for lack of such issue, to my right heirs forever, by the rents and services thereof to the Chyffe Lordes of the fee due and accustomed. To John my younger son of that name, all my lands etc., in
  • Pg.191
  • Donyford, Hartrow, Kynges Brompton, Upton, Stogomer, Bycknaller, Crocombe, Brompton Rawfe, Mylverton, Westowe, Westleighe, Combflorey, Kingeston juxta Yevill and the borough of Watchett, co. Somerset, all which lands lately I purchased together with Sir John Wyndhm, knight, all which were late the inheritance of John Sydenham of Orchard, Esquire, deceased, to have and to hold to the said John Sydenham and to his heirs male, and for lack of such issue, to my right heirs forever. To Walter my son all my lands etc., in the borough of Charde which I lately purchased of Thomas Cogan of Mountague to have and to hold to the said Walter Sydenham and his heirs male, and for lack of such issue to my right heirs forever. To Ursula my wife all my lands in the parishes of Est Coker and West Coker and in Keynsford in the parish of Seynt Deacons, co. Somerset, to have and to hold to the said Ursula and her heirs forever, in consideration whereof I will that she pay one annual rent of £6 13s. 4d. to Joane sometime wife of my brother John Sydenham deceased, during her life. And after the decease of me and my said wife I will that all my messuages lands and tenements known by the name of Combe Sydenham in the parish of Stogomer and all my lands lying in Combe Sydenham shall remain to George Sydenham my son and to his heirs male, and for lack of such issue, the remainder thereof to my right heirs forever. I will also that my manor of Lopyn, co. Somerset, which I lately purchased of Sir Gyles Strangeweye, knight, and all my lands in Lopyn aforesaid shall remain to John Sydenham my eldest son and heir apparunte on condition that he always ratify and confirm all such grants and estates as I and my wife have made or shall make by indenture or Copie of Courte Roll for term of lives or years whereupon tholde accustomed rent or more is reservyd to have and to hold to the said John Sydenham and his heirs forever ; or else I will the said manor and lands shall remain to William Sydenham my son and his heirs male, and for lack of such issue to my right heirs.
  • The residue to Ursula my wife (executrix) provided that if she marry all my goods shall remain to my children. To my servants, that is, to my yeoman's servyng men being my household servants to each of them and also to Thomas Sampford 40s., and to my hynes laborers 6s. 8d. each.
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  • Witnesses : John Virgin, Thomas Harding, Thomas Virgin, John Torr, Robert Holmes.
  • Proved May 21st, 1557.
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  • [Publications] - Somerset Record Society
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  • A place of noe greet note in respect of itselfe, save for a Satturday markett, which ye late owner of it Sir John Sydenham in our own tyme purchased for it, who hath a goodly house and Parke at Combe Sydenham within this Parish built by his Uncle Sir George Sydenham 2 sonne of Sir John Sydenham his father whose only Daughter and Heire dying issules yett twice marryed first to ye famous Sir Frauncis Drake, and after to Sir William Courtney ; Combe reverted unto him, and now is his grandchildes. Its somewhat lowe, the very name intimates the soile, and I thinke in this hilly Countrey there are more Combes then in all ye County. This place antiently was called Combe Allein from ye owners(1) of it, one of which passed it unto Richard de Sydenham a Judge in Richard ye secondes dayes, but before this Combe had owners of the same name who held it of the Castell of Dunster, by what service this ensuinge Cart(2) by which it was abrogated shall showe. .... etc.
    • (1) ex. cart. in custod. Jo. Sidenham arg.
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  • This place is really on a tributary of the Yeo, and should have been entered between Stoford and Barwick. Its history will be found in 'Historical Notes on South Somerset.' Thomas Bingham, by his wife Mary Romsey, had not one but two daughters to survive, the other being Eleanor, wife of Henry Horsey. Sir William Kayleway of Rockborne sold Sutton in 1561 to George Sydenham ; and after the death of his only daughter Elizabeth, widow of Sir Francis Drake, it came to the Sydenhams of Brympton.
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  • A view of Devonshire in MDCXXX, with a pedigree of most of its gentry (1845)
  • Pg.573
  • Sir William Courtenay, of Powderham, knight.... etc.
  • Pg.574
  • .... Sir George, of Newcastle in Munster, Ireland, baronet, (who married, first a daughter of Sir Francis Barkley, of Ireland, knight, and hath issue ;) three others, and Mary, (first married to Sir John Fitz, of Fitz-Ford in Tavistock, knight; secondly to Lord Audlegh, Earl of Castlehaven, in Ireland ;) Margaret, (second wife to Sir Warwick Hele, of Wembury, knight ; secondly to Sir John Chudlegh, knight, brother to Bartholomew Chudlegh, of Ashton, knight ;) Elizabeth, (wife of Sir William Wrey, of Trebigh in Cornwall, knight ; secondly he married a daughter and heir of Sir George Sydenham, of Somersetshire, knight, the relict of Sir Francis Drake of Buckland, knight, sine prole ; thirdly he married a daughter of Hill, of Somerset, esq., the relict of Bruerton, of Taunton, esq., sans issue.) Francis Courtenay, second son .... etc.
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  • Peerage of England, genealogical, biographical, and historical (1812) Vol. VI.
  • Pg.264
  • Sir Wtlliam Courtenay, his son, was four years old at the death of his father. He was knighted in the year 1576, and was
  • Pg.265
  • high sheriff of Devonshire in 1581. In 1585, he was one of those honourable persons who undertook to send over settlers for the better planting of Ireland, and laid the foundation of that great estate in that kingdom, enjoyed by his posterity. He first married Elizabeth, daughter of Henry Manners, Earl of Rutland, and Margaret Nevil, his wife, daughter of Ralph, Earl of Westmoreland ; secondly, Elizabeth, daughter of George Sydenham, Esq. by whom he had no issue ; but by his first Lady he had, .... etc.
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  • The visitations of the county of Somerset, in the years 1531 and 1573, together with additional pedigrees, chiefly from the visitation of 1591 (1885)
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  • Sidenham
  • Walter Sidenham.; ch: John (m. Agnes _ ) Sidenham.
  • John = Agnes.; ch: John (m. Alice Stourton) Sidenham
  • John. = Alice, d. and h. of (John Stourton of Preston Plucknett. & d. and h. Payne); ch: Alex. (m. d. Popham), Joan (m. John St. Barbe), Walter (m. Margt. Harcourt), Marcell (m. John Larde?), Richard (m. Joan Cambrey) Sidenham.
  • Walter of Brimpton. = Margt., d. Sr. Rob. Harcourt.; ch: (Pg.77 John (m. Eliz. Awdeley) Sidenham.)
  • Pg.77
  • John. = Eliz., d. Sir Hugh Awdeley.; ch: Sr. John (m. Anne Bridges) Sidenham.
  • Sr. John. = Anne, d. Sr Billes [Gyles] Bridges sister to John Bridges.; ch: Sir John (m. Eliz. Pawlett), Geo., Eliz. (m. Ric. Bamfield), Anne (m. Alex. Sidenham), Mary (m. John Fitz), Walter (m. _ Lawrance) Sidenham.
    • Sir John. = Eliz., d. Sr Amias Pawlett.
    • Anne. = Alex. Sidenham of Earlston.
    • Geo.
    • Eliz. = Ric. Bamfield.
    • Mary. = John Fitz [of Fitzford, nr. Tavisstock 1564 Devon, p. 96].; ch: John Fitz.
    • Walter. = d. and coh. Lawrence of Lawrance.; ch: George, Walter Sidenham.
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  • John de Andelys held ½ fee in Stogumber of the earl of Lincoln in 1303. In 1316 an estate called Doniford and Stogumber was attributed to four men who may have been trustees. In 1346 John Durburgh held the ½ fee in Stogumber which John de Andelys had held, (fn. 115) and at his death in 1352 had an estate in Stogumber and Preston. His son Sir Hugh (fn. 116) held the estate and was succeeded between 1372 and 1378 (fn. 117) by his son James. (fn. 118) In 1393 the manor was held by John Dunster (d. by 1396). John Rivers, Dunster's heir, (fn. 119) sold it in 1396, subject to a life interest of Elizabeth, wife of Thomas Dodington, to Simon and Henry Sydenham, sons of Richard Sydenham of Combe Sydenham. (fn. 120) Simon, later bishop of Chichester, and his brother Henry, may have been in possession by 1417. (fn. 121) Henry died before 1427 and Simon in 1438. Simon's heir was his nephew John (d. 1468). (fn. 122) The manor then descended like Combe Sydenham until 1557 when it passed to John (d. before 1617), brother of Sir George Sydenham of Combe Sydenham. John was succeeded by his son, also John (d. 1625), (fn. 123) whose sons John and Ralph conveyed the manor to John Boys and his son John in 1626. (fn. 124) .... etc.
  • From: 'Parishes: Stogumber', A History of the County of Somerset: Volume 5 (1985), pp. 177-190. URL: Date accessed: 21 April 2013.
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  • 'Sydenham2'
  • Families covered: Sydenham of Brimpton, Sydenham of Whetstow
  • Walter Sydenham of Brimpton
  • m. Margaret Harcourt (dau of Sir Robert Harcourt)
    • 1. John Sydenham of Brimpton, Sheriff of Somerset and Dorset (d 07.12.1542)
    • m1. Elizabeth Audley (d 08.10.1530, dau of Sir Humphrey Audley)
      • A. Sir John Sydenham of Brimpton
      • m. Ursula (not Geilis) Brydges (dau of Sir Giles Brydges)
        • i. Sir John Sydenham of Brimpton
        • m1. Grace Godolphin (dau of Sir William Godolphin of Godolphin)
          • a. .... etc.
        • m2. Mary Blunt
        • ii. Sir George Sydenham of Combe Sydenham
        • m. Elizabeth Hales (dau of Sir Christopher Hales)
          • a. Elizabeth Sydenham
          • m1. (1585) Sir Francis Drake 'the Navigator' (b c1540, dsp 1596)
          • m2. (sp) Sir William Courtenay of Powderham Castle, de jure 3rd Earl of Devon (b 1543, d 24.06.1630)
        • iii. John Sydenham of Hatch Bishop
        • iv. Elizabeth Sydenham
        • m. Richard Bampfield of Poltimore
        • v. Anne Sydenham
        • m. Alexander Sydenham of Luxburgh
        • vi. Mary Sydenham
        • m. John Fitz of Fitzford
      • B. .... etc.
  • Main sources: BEB1844 (Sydenham of Brimpton) with just a little support from Visitation (Somerset, 1623, Sidnam)
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