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A portrait of Sir Philip Sidney, warrior-poet and brother of Mary Sidney-Herbert, Countess of Pembroke.
Frances Sidney (1531–1589), Countess of Sussex, Foundress of Sidney Sussex College.Daughter of Sir William Sidney, of Penshurst Place in Kent. Sister of Sir Henry Sidney, aunt of both poet Sir Philip Sidney and first Sidney Earl of Leicester. Married Thomas, 3rd Earl of Sussex.Lady Sussex left the sum of £5,000 together with some plate to found a new college at Cambridge University. The mascot of the college is the blue and gold porcupine, taken from the Sidney family coat of arms.
A portrait of Frances Sidney, Countess of Sussex, by an artist of the Anglo-Netherlands School, circa 1570-75. Sidney Sussex School.
Frances Walsingham (1567-1633) Daughter of Elizabeth's spymaster, Sir Francis. Married Sir Philip Sidney, and after his death in battle, married the Earl of Essex (a cousin of the queen). After the earl's execution, she married the Earl of St. Albans and Clanricarde. One of her daughters by Essex married the duke of Somerset, a descendant of Mary Rose Tudor through the Grey family.
Sir Philip Sidney held an influential position at the Elizabethan court and was supported by his uncle, the Earl of Leicester. The young man became a leading advocate of ‘militant’ Protestantism. In January of 1583, Philip Sidney was knighted by Queen Elizabeth I, and later that year he finally got married. He married Frances, daughter of the queen's spymaster, Sir Francis Walsingham.
William Herbert, 3rd Earl of Pembroke (8 April 1580 – 10 April 1630) was the son of Henry Herbert, 2nd Earl of Pembroke and his third wife, Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke. Chancellor of the University of Oxford, he founded Pembroke College, Oxford with King James. He was warden of the Forest of Dean, and constable of St Briavels from 1608 to 1630. He served as Lord Chamberlain from 1615 to 1625. He died without legitimate issue, passing his title to his brother.
Portrait Miniature of Frances Walsingham (1567-1633), Countess of Essex, daughter of Sir Francis Walsingham, and widow of 1st) Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex (ex.1601), and 2nd) Sir Philip Sidney (d.1586). Portrait by Isaac Oliver.
X-ray image of the portrait of Sir Francis Walsingham