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William Sidney

Birthplace: Penshurst, Kent, England (United Kingdom)
Death: February 11, 1553 (70-71)
Penshurst, Kent, England (United Kingdom)
Immediate Family:

Son of Nicholas Sidney and Anne Brandon
Husband of Anne Pakenham
Father of Mary Margaret Sidney; Lucy Harrington; Mabel Sydney; Ann (Agnes) Fitzwilliam; Sir Henry Sidney and 2 others

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About Sir William Sidney, of Penshurst

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Sir William Sidney (1482?–1554) was an English courtier under Henry VIII and Edward VI.

He was eldest son of Nicholas Sidney, by Anne, sister of Sir William Brandon. In 1511 he accompanied Thomas Darcy, 1st Baron Darcy de Darcy into Spain as a volunteer against the Moors, and when Darcy, finding his assistance not required, returned almost immediately to England, Sidney and several of his companions remained behind in order to see Madrid. He was hospitably entertained by King Ferdinand, but declined the honour of knighthood from him; and shortly afterwards returned home through France.[1]

As captain of the ‘Great Bark’ he took part in the naval operations before Brest in April 1513, and later in the year commanded the right wing of the English army at the battle of Flodden. He was knighted for his services, and on 23 March 1514 obtained a grant in tail male of the lordship of Kingston-upon-Hull and the manor of Myton forfeited by the attainder of Edmund de la Pole. In October he accompanied his cousin Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk and Thomas Grey, 2nd Marquess of Dorset to Paris, to witness the coronation on 5 November of the Princess Mary as consort of Louis XII, and took a prominent part in the subsequent jousts and festivities. In the following summer he again went to France, charged with the delicate task of announcing the approaching second marriage of the Princess Mary, to the Duke of Suffolk.[1]

Sidney was appointed a squire of the body to Henry VIII, and married in 1517. He accompanied the king to the Field of the Cloth of Gold in 1520, and in 1523, during the war with France, took part in the expedition commanded by the Duke of Suffolk. In March 1538 he was appointed tutor and steward of the household to Prince Edward. In 1539 he received a large grant of lands in Kent and Sussex in exchange for those held by him in York and Lincoln. His wife died on 22 October 1543, and on 25 April 1552 Edward VI added to his estates in Kent the manor of Penshurst.[1]

Sidney died at Penshurst on 10 February 1554, and was buried in the parish church.[1]

Sidney married Anne Pakenham, daughter of Sir Hugh Pakenham, (widow of Thomas Fitzwilliam, elder brother of William FitzWilliam, 1st Earl of Southampton). Henry Sidney was their son. In the chancel Penshurst parish church, is the tomb of Sidney with a memorial tablet, on the sides of which are engraven the escutcheons of his four daughters and their husbands:[1]

  • Mary (d. 10 February 1542), eldest daughter, who married Sir William Dormer of Wing, Buckinghamshire,[1][a]
  • Lucy, who married Sir James Harington of Exton Hall, Rutland;
  • Anne, who married Sir William Fitzwilliam of Milton, Northamptonshire, some time lord deputy of Ireland.[1]
  • Frances, who married of Thomas Radcliffe, 3rd Earl of Sussex.[1]
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  • Sir William Sidney1,2,3
  • M, #93385, d. 11 February 1553
  • Father Nicholas Sidney b. c 1448, d. 1512
  • Mother Anne Brandon
  • Sir William Sidney married Anne Pakenham, daughter of Sir Hugh Pakenham and Anne Clement; Her 2nd marriage.2,3 Sir William Sidney died on 11 February 1553.1
  • Family Anne Pakenham d. 22 Oct 1544
  • Children
    • Lucy Sidney+1
    • Mary Sidney+4,2,3 b. c 1515, d. 10 Feb 1542
  • Citations
  • 1.[S11572] The Lineage and Ancestry of H.R.H. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, by Gerald Paget, Vol. II, p. 167.
  • 2.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 256.
  • 3.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. IV, p. 244.
  • 4.[S13]
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  • Sir William Sydney1
  • M, #2689
  • Last Edited=6 Apr 2014
  • Sir William Sydney married Anne Pakenham, daughter of Hugh Pakenham and Anne Clement, after 1513.1
  • He held the office of Chamberlain and Steward of the Household to King Edward VI.1 He lived at Penshurst, Kent, England.2 He fought in the Battle of Flodden on 9 September 1513, as a commander.1 He lived in 1552 at Penshurst Place, Kent, England.1
  • Child of Sir William Sydney
    • 1.Lucy Sydney+2
  • Children of Sir William Sydney and Anne Pakenham
    • 1.Sir Henry Sydney+1 b. 1529, d. c 1 May 1586
    • 2.Frances Sidney2 b. 1531, d. 9 Mar 1588/89
  • Citations
  • 1.[S37] Volume 1, page 1077. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]
  • 2.[S37] See. [S37]
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  • William SIDNEY (Sir Knight)
  • Born: 1482
  • Died: 1554
  • Buried: Penshurst village church, Kent England
  • Notes: courtier to Henry VIII, knighted 1513 after Flodden, tutor (and later steward) to Edward VI, his wife was governess to the young Prince. In 1552 Edward VI granted him Penshurst Place, Kent, built 1338 by Sir John de Pulteney, Baron's Hall completed 1341, last owner before Sidney was Edward Stafford, D. Buckingham, Penshurst was forfeit to the crown when Buckingham was executed for treason 1521, Henry VIII used stay at Penshurst while courting Anne Boleyn at nearby Hever Castle. The arrow, the Sidney family emblem comes from W' for William, did not live to enjoy Penshurst himself. His daughters Mabel and Elizabeth were in Princess Mary’s household.
  • Father: Nicholas SIDNEY
  • Mother: Anne BRANDON
  • Married: Anne PACKENHAM (d. 22 Oct 1554) (dau. of Sir Hugh Packenham and Anne Clement) (w. of Thomas Fitzwilliam)
  • Children:
    • 1. Mary SIDNEY
    • 2. Lucy SIDNEY
    • 3. Mabel SIDNEY
    • 4. Anne (Agnes) SIDNEY
    • 5. Henry SIDNEY (Sir Knight)
    • 6. Elizabeth SIDNEY
    • 7. Frances SIDNEY (C. Sussex)
    • ¿8. Dorcas SIDNEY?
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  • SIDNEY, Henry (1529-86), of London and Penshurst, Kent.
  • b. 20 July 1529, 1st s. of Sir William Sidney of Penshurst by Anne, da. of Sir Hugh Pagenham, wid. of Thomas Fitzwilliam. m. 29 Mar. 1551, Mary, da. of John Dudley, Earl of Warwick, later Duke of Northumberland, 3s. inc. Philip† and Robert† 4da. Kntd. 1551, KG nom. 23 Apr., inst. 14 May 1564; suc. fa. 1553.1
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[ Googlebooks] The Baronetage of England: Or The History of the English Baronets, and Such Baronets of Scotland, as are of English Families; with Genealogical Tables, and Engravings of Their Coats of Arms, Volume 1.  William Betham.  Burrell and Bransby, 1801 - Baronetage.  "Shelley of Michelgrove, Sussex.". Page 68-69

4. John Shelley, who married Elizabeth, daughter and heir to John Michelgrove, Esq. (by Mary his wife, daughter of Sir Wm. Sydney of Penshurst, Kent)

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Kent, England
Penshurst, Kent, England
Penshurst, Kent, England
July 20, 1529
London, Middlesex, England
February 11, 1553
Age 71
Kent, England