Sidney, Robert, Earl of Leicester (1563 -1626)

Sir Robert Sidney was the younger son of Sir Henry Sidney, K.G., and Mary, daughter and heir of John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland. He was Member of Parliament for Glamorganshire in 1584 and afterwards of Kent. He was knighted by Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester in 1586. He married Barbara, daughter and heir of John Gamage of Coity in 1584. In 1600 he gave £100 to the newly founded Bodleian Library in Oxford, which was entirely spent on fifty five foreign printed books, all of which the library impressed Sidney’s stamp. The presence of his signature in the Polydore Virgil suggests that he also used the same stamp. He was created Baron Sydney of Penshurst in 1603, and two years later Viscount L'Isle. In 1616, he was made a Knight of the Garter and in 1618 was created Earl of Leicester.

Seat / Residence(s): Penshurst Place, Kent
Stamp(s) Stamp Information
Sidney, Robert, Earl of Leicester (1563 - 1626) (Stamp 1) Arms: Quarterly of sixteen 1. A pheon (Sydney) 2. Barry of ten a lion rampant crowned (Brandon) 3. A lion rampant double queued (Dudley) 4. Two lions passant (Somerie) 5. Barry of six in chief three torteaux [roundels] a label of three points for difference (Grey, Viscount Lisle) 6. A maunch (Hastings) 7. A wolf's head erased (Lupus, Earl of Chester) 8. Barry of ten as many martlets in orle (Valence, Earl of Pembroke) 9. A lion rampant (Marshall, Earl of Pembroke) 10. Seven mascles conjoined three and one (Ferrers of Groby) 11. A lion rampant within a bordure engrailed (Talbot) 12. A fess between six cross crosslets (Beauchamp) 13. Checky a chevron ermine (Newburgh, Earl of Warwick) 14. A lion statant gardant crowned (Baron de Lisle) 15. A chevron (Tyes) 16. A fess dancetty (West) impaling on an escutcheon of pretence Quarterly 1. Five fusils [lozenges] in bend on a chief three escallops (Gamage) 2. Vair (Martel?) 3. Checky a fess ermine (Turberville) 4. Three chevrons (Llewellyn)
Quarterings: 1. A pheon (Sydney) 2. Barry of ten a lion rampant crowned (Brandon) 3. A lion rampant double queued (Dudley) 4. Two lions passant (Somerie) 5. Barry of six in chief three torteaux [roundels] a label of three points for difference (Grey, Viscount Lisle) 6. A maunch (Hastings) 7. A wolf's head erased (Lupus, Earl of Chester) 8. Barry of ten as many martlets in orle (Valence, Earl of Pembroke) 9. A lion rampant (Marshall, Earl of Pembroke) 10. Seven mascles conjoined three and one (Ferrers of Groby) 11. A lion rampant within a bordure engrailed (Talbot) 12. A fess between six cross crosslets (Beauchamp) 13. Checky a chevron ermine (Newburgh, Earl of Warwick) 14. A lion statant gardant crowned (Baron de Lisle) 15. A chevron (Tyes) 16. A fess dancetty (West)
Escutcheon of Pretence: Quarterly 1. Five fusils [lozenges] in bend on a chief three escallops (Gamage) 2. Vair (Martel?) 3. Checky a fess ermine (Turberville) 4. Three chevrons (Llewellyn)
Impalement: Quarterly 1. Five fusils [lozenges] in bend on a chief three escallops (Gamage) 2. Vair (Martel?) 3. Checky a fess ermine (Turberville) 4. Three chevrons (Llewellyn)
Heraldic Charges: barry (10), Heraldic Charges: barry (6), Heraldic Charges: bordure engrailed, Heraldic Charges: checky, Heraldic Charges: chevron, Heraldic Charges: chevrons (3), Heraldic Charges: chief, on a, Heraldic Charges: cross crosslets (6), Heraldic Charges: escallops (3), Heraldic Charges: fess, Heraldic Charges: fess between, Heraldic Charges: fess dancetty, Heraldic Charges: lion rampant, Heraldic Charges: lion rampant within, Heraldic Charges: lion statant gardant, Heraldic Charges: lions passant (2), Heraldic Charges: lozenges (5), Heraldic Charges: martlets (10), Heraldic Charges: mascles (7), Heraldic Charges: maunch, Heraldic Charges: orle, Heraldic Charges: pheon, Heraldic Charges: roundels (3), Heraldic Charges: vair, Heraldic Charges: wolf's head
Sidney, Robert, Earl of Leicester (1563 - 1626) (Stamp 2) Arms: Or a pheon
Coronet: Earl
Heraldic Charges: pheon