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Blazons & Genealogy Notes1) or Sydney (Earl of Leicester, extinct 1743; descended from Sir William Sidney, Chamberlain to Henry II., with whom he came from Anjou. Sir Robert Sidney, K.G., brother of the accomplished Sir Philip Sidney, was raised to the peerage as Baron Penshurst 1603, created Viscount L'Isle 1604, and Earl of Leicester 1618. Robert, fourth Earl of Leicester, had four sons, three of whom inherited the honours, but d. s. p.; the fourth son, the Hon. Thomas Sidney, had two daus. his co-heirs, viz.: 1) Mary, m. Sir Brownlow Sherard, Bart., and d. s. p. : IX. Elizabeth, eventually sole heiress to Penshurst and the Sidney estates, m. William Perry, Esq., of Worming- ton, co. Gloucester, and had an only dan. and heir. Elizabeth Jane Sidney, m. as second wife, Sir Bysshe Shelley, Bart., of Castle Goring, and was mother of Sir John Shelley-Sidney, Bart., of Penshurst, whose eldest son was created Lord de L'Isle and Dudley). (borne by Sir William Robert Sydney, Knt., of Bourn Bridge Lodge, co. Berks, son of John Sydney, Esq., of Yalding, co. Kent, who claimed the Earldom of Leicester). Or, a pheon az. Crest—A porcupine az. quilled, collared, and chained or. Supporters—Dexter, a lion az. collared and chained or, ducally crowned per pale ar. and gu.; sinister, a lion guard, ar. ducally crowned or. Motto—Quo fata vocant.
2) (Shelley-Sidney, Penshurst Place, co. Kent, bart., title vested in Lord de L'Isle and Dudley: John Shelley, Esq., of Penshurst Place, maternally descended as above from Robert, fourth Earl of Leicester, assumed the additional surname of Sidney by royal licence, 1793, was created a bart. 1818, and d. 1849, when the title passed to his eldest son, then Lord de L'Isle and Dudley). Quarterly, 1st and 4th, ar. a pheon az. for Sidney; 2nd and 3rd, sa. a fess engr. betw. three whelk shells or, for Shelley. Crests—1st, Sidney: A porcupine pass. az. quilled, collared, and chained or; 2nd, Shelley: A griffin’s head erased ar. beaked and ducally gorged or. Motto—Quo fata vocant.
3) (Baron De L'Isle and Dudley). Or, a pheon az. Crest—A porcupine statant az. quilled, collared, and chained or. Supporters—Dexter, a porcupine az. quills, collar, and chained or; sinister, a lion double queued vert. Motto—Quo fata vocant.
4) (Cowpen Hall, co. Northumberland; descended from Lawrence Sidney, D.D., Rector of Worthen, Prebendary of Pulston Minor. His grandson, Henry Sidney, Esq., of the Temple, London, purchased the estate of Cowpen Hall, and d. unm., when it descended to his nephews, the sons of his elder brother, Lawrence Sidney, Esq., of Danbury, co. Essex. Marlow Sidney, Esq., son of the elder of the nephews, eventually inherited Cowpen Hall). Or, a pheon az. Crest—A porcupine az. quills or, collared and chained of the last, chain reflexed over the back.
5) (Bowes Manor, Southgate; Thomas Sidney, Alderman of London). Gu. on a pile erm. a pheon az. Crest—Upon a mount vert a porcupine or, semée of mullets az. Motto—Gratias Deo agere.
6) (co. Essex). Gu. a pheon within an orle of mullets or.
7) (Tamworth, co. Warwick). Az. a pheon or. Crest—A porcupine az. quills or, gorged with a collar and chain reflexed over the back of the last.
8) (Sir Ralph Sydney, knighted by Sir George Cary, Lord Deputy of Ireland, 29 Sept. 1603). Az. a fess wavy betw. three goats' heads erased ar. Crest—Out of a ducal coronet a goat's head all or.