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Knights of the Shire of Kent

1395 - 18 Richard: Nicholas Haute of "Waddenhall near Elmston (as Kilburne describes him), but clearly a member of the " family of venerable antiquity," (as Philipott terms them,) of Hautsbourne, a manor in Bishopsbourne, Chivaler. Sheriff in 1394.[1]
1411 - 13 Henry IV: Hasted gives " Willielmus Haute of Hautesbourne " as Pympe's colleague.
1419 - 7 Henry V: William Haute of Hautsbourn in Bishopsbourne, Chivaler, son of Sir "William Haute, who had married Elizabeth sister of Sir Richard "Widville. (See below, 11 Henry VI.) He was Sheriff 1421, 1422, and again in 1466.
1429 - 8 Henry VI: William Haute of Hautsbourne, Chivaler, again.
1432 - 10 Henry VI: William Haute of Hautsbourne, Chivaler, again.
1450 - 29 Henry VI: William Haute of Hautsbourne, Armiger, son of Sir William Haute. (See 7 Henry V.)
1554 - 7 Edward VI: Sir Henry Sidney of Penshurst, Miles, the son of Sir William Sydney, who commanded the right wing of the English Army at the Battle of Flodden Field, and was created a Knight Banneret. Sir Henry had been brought up with Edward VI., and on his Coronation was knighted, and made Gentleman of the Privy Chamber; afterwards Knight of the Garter by Elizabeth, and Privy Councillor. Philipott says that with Cecil he became one of Elizabeth's " greatest friends." He was four times Lord Juistice and thrice Deputy for Ireland, and also President of the Welsh Marches. He died in 1586, and his body was by the Queen's order buried with " great solemnity " at Penshurst, while his heart was interred at Ludlow, which had been the seat of his Welsh government.
1563 - 5 Elizabeth: Sir Henry Sidney of Penshurst, again.
1572 - 14 Elizabeth: Sir Henry Sidney of Penshurst, againn, now described as President of Her Majesty's Council.
1584 - 27 Elizabeth: Sir Philip Sidney of Penshurst, the son of Sir Henry (see 7 Edward VI,), the poetic and heroic favourite of Elizabeth, the author of Arcadia; and appointed Governor of Flushing. He fell at the Battle of Zutphen in 1586.
1597 - 39 Elizabeth: Sir Robert Sidney of Court Lodge, Lamberhurst, a younger brother of Sir Philip. (See 27 Elizabeth.) Fought as quite a youth under Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester, in the Netherlands, and was knighted in 1586. Two years after he was made Governor of Flushing, and on the Accession of James was created Baron Sydney of Penshurst, in 1616 Viscount L'Isle and made Knight of the Garter, and in 1618 Earl of Leicester. He died in 1626, and was buried at Penshurst.
1621 (18 James I) Sir Robert Sidney of Penshurst, Knight, son of Robert Sydney, Earl of Leicester, and grandson of Sir Henry Sydney. Created Knight of the Garter as Lord L'Isle by James I. Succeeded his father in the Earldom in 1626. Died in 1677, and was buried at Penshurst.


  1. Rev J Cave-Browne, MA, "Knights of the Shire of Kent from AD 1275 TO AD 1831", Archaeologia Cantiana, Vol 21, 1895, Kent Archaeological Society, http://www.kentarchaeology.org.uk/Research/Pub/ArchCant/Vol.021%20-%201895/021-16.pdf, pp. 198-243, accessed 15 September 2015.

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