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.

Lady Frances Sidney Countess of Sussex, Foundress of Sidney Sussex College, Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge

Lady Frances Sidney (1531–1589), Countess of Sussex, Foundress of Sidney Sussex College by Steven van der Meulen, ca 1565 England, Sidney Sussex College (University of Cambridge)

Frances Sidney, Countess of Sussex, lady of the bedchamber of Elizabeth I. Lady Frances Sidney Countess of Sussex, Foundress of Sidney Sussex College by Steven van der Meulen, ca 1565

Sidney Sussex College: Cloister Court (J.L. Pearson) Cambridge

Sidney Sussex College: Cloister Court (J. Pearson) Date built: 1891

Lady Frances Sidney (1531–1589), Countess of Sussex, Foundress of Sidney Sussex College by Steven van der Meulen, ca 1565 England, Sidney Sussex College (University of Cambridge)

Lady Frances Sidney Countess of Sussex, Foundress of Sidney Sussex College Steven van der Meulen

Sidney Sussex College

Sussex College, Cambridge University, Colleges

Dr Helen Castor is a broadcaster, author and historian of medieval and Tudor England. She is a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.

Dr Helen Castor is a broadcaster, author and historian of medieval and Tudor England. She is a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.

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