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  • ID: I1226
  • Name: Barbara Gamage
  • Sex: F
  • Birth: ABT 1564 in Coity, Glamorgan
  • Death: MAY 1621 in Penshurst, Kent
  • Burial: 6 MAY 1621 Penshurst, Kent
  • Occupation: Heiress of Coity Castle
  • Note: 1

    Was betrothed at time of her fathers death to Herbert Croft, but the Sidney?s stopped that.
    Barbara inherited the Coity estate on the death of her father, John Gamage, in 1584, and became the ward of Sir Edward Stradling until her marriage
    I did have her mother as Catherine Powell. This mother from IGI.
    There is a delightful Gheeraerts portrait at Penshurst of Barbara and their children - six solemn Elizabethan moppets dressed to the nines - and Ben Jonson wrote a poem about the charm of life at Penshurst in her day.
    (Richard Cavendish, History Today Oct 1997)
    In his edition of Sir Robert Sydney?s poems, Philip Croft quotes from the Sidney family register in the so-called ?Sidney Psalter? (in the library of Trinity College, Cambridge) the following account of their marriage:
    The marriage betweene Robert Sydney esquier, and Barbara Gammage daughter and sole heire to Jhon Gammage of the Castell of Coitie in the Countie of Glamorgan esquier was celebrated in the house of Sr Edward Stradlinge of St Donnets in the same countie on Wenesdaie the three and twentith of September 1584 in the presence of the right honorable Harry Erle of Pembrook, Sr Edward Stradlinge and my Ladie his wife and manie others.
    Barbara Gamage had been left a wealthy heiress on the death of her father on September 8th 1584. Before her father?s death she had been courted by, amongst others, Sir James Whitney of Whitney in Herefordshire and Sheriff of that county, by Thomas Johnes (heir of Sir Henry Johnes who had been Sheriff of both Carmarthenshire and Breckonshire) of Abermarlais in Carmarthenshire and, with most hopes of success, by Herbert Croft of Croft Castle in Herefordshire. His grandfather, Sir James Croft, was the great-uncle of John Gamage; he had a good deal of influence both in the Marches and at court, where he was an ally of Lord Burghley?s and was both a privy councillor and comptroller of the royal household. At her father?s death Barbara Gamage was taken into the custody of her uncle Sir Edward Stradling. (The Gamages were related by marriage to ? amongst others ? important Welsh families such as the Stradlings and the Crofts and also to the families of Lord Howard of Effingham and Sir Walter Raleigh). Stradling had hitherto shown every sign of supporting Herbert Croft as a suitor to the young heiress. When, however, Croft attempted to visit his intended wife he was refused permission to see her. The young heiress?s marriage became a matter of great controversy ? opinions were expressed by the Privy Council and Lord Burghley, by Raleigh and Lord Howard of Effingham. Somewhat surprisingly, Stradling favoured a new suitor, Robert Sidney. The Sidneys were allied with the Leicester faction at court and thus rivals of Burghley (and his ally Croft). Robert?s father, Sir Henry Sidney, was Lord President of the Council in the Marches, so that the Crofts were rivals of the Sidneys on another front too. For whatever reasons, the Sidneys won this particular struggle, and the marriage took place only some fifteen days after John Gamage?s death. The bride was probably in her twenty-second year; the bridegroom was a year younger. Whatever the circumstances surrounding their wedding, the years of their marriage seem to have been ones of great happiness and mutual trust. Public duties often took Sidney away from his wife; more than 300 letters that he wrote to her survive and they are full of evidently very real affection.
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  • Change Date: 14 MAR 2011

    Father: John Gamage b: ABT 1538
    Mother: Catherine or Wenllian ferch Thomas

    Marriage 1 Robert Sydney b: 19 NOV 1563 in Penshurst, Kent
    • Married: 23 SEP 1584 in St. Donats, Glamorganshire
    1. Has Children Robert Sydney
    2. Has Children Barbara Sydney b: 28 NOV 1599 in Baynard?s Castle, London

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