Philip (Sidney) Sydney

Philip (Sidney) Sydney (1554 - 1586)

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Sir Philip Sydney formerly Sidney
Born in Penshurst, Kent, Englandmap
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Died in Arnhem, Arnhem, Gelderland, Dutch Republicmap
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Philip Sidney was born about 1554.[1]

Philip was the son of Sir Henry Sidney, KG,[2] and his wife, Mary Dudley. Philip's paternal grandparents were Sir William Sidney and his wife, Agnes.[2] Sir William was a 1/5 coheir of Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk.[2]

Philip was the brother of:

  1. Robert;[2]
  2. Thomas;[2]
  3. Mary, born 1560;
  4. Ambrosia, born 1564, died February 1574;

On 2 August 23 Elizabeth, Philip's father settled portion on his sons Philip, Robert and Thomas.[2]

Philip married Frances, the only daughter of sir Francis Walsingham, knt.[2] On 24 July 26 Elizabeth, Sir Henry made further settlements on Philip's marriage with Frances.[2]

Philip and Frances had one child, Elizabeth.[2]

Sir Henry died on 5 May 28 Elizabeth, and as his eldest son, Philip succeeded his father.[2]

Philip made his will at Arneham in Lower Germany in September 28 Elizabeth, 1586, and died there on 17 October, 28 Elizabeth.[2] An Inquisiton post mortem taken on 6 July 30 Elizabeth, found his heir was his daughter Elizabeth Sydney, ages 2 years 8 months and 18 days.[2] His brother, Robert Sydney, was his next male heir and aged 23 and more.[2]


Philip Sidney was one of the major English authors of the Elizabethan age. His main works were:

  • Arcadia, a long prose romance, which exists in two versions
  • A Defense of Poesie
  • Astrophel and Stella, the first of the major Elizabethan sequences of sonnets


  1. Entered by Lomond Handley, Saturday, November 30, 2013.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 Col F W T Attree, ed., "Notes on Post Mortem Inquisitions taken in Sussex. 1 Henry VII to 1649 and After", Sussex Record Society, XIV, (London: Mitchell Hughes and Clarke, Printers, 1912), accessed 13 July 2015, pp.208. Inquisition no 952

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