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Sir Henry Sidney was born in 1529 A.D. and died #onthisday in history 5th May 1586 A.D. he was a Lord Deputy of Ireland and the eldest son of Sir Wiliam Sidney of Penshurst. He was an important politician and courtier during the rulers of Henry VIII and Edward VI from both he received grants of land, the Manor of Penshurst in Kent, where his family lived.


Henry Sidney grew up in the court as the companion of Prince Edward later known as Edward VI and through this he enjoyed favour from the crown even serving under the Reign of Mary I of England up to the Queen Elizabeth I.

He played a important role in the Elizabethan conquest of Ireland as serving as Lord Deputy three times. He was remember as a contentious person in home and Ireland.