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     Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 28  1909  page 374

Sybill of Eynsford and Farningham By R. H. Ernest Hill, A.R.I.B.A. continued

pedigree), a relationship which is confirmed by such dates as are known. A reference to Rev. F. Browne’s Sornersetshire Wills shews that she was twice married, first to Matthew Colthurst of Claverton, Co. Somerset (will dated 1559), and second to Laurence Hyde of West Hatch, co. Wilts (will dated 1584, proved 1590). By her first marriage she had eight children and by the second ten, of whom two died young. Her third son Henry, by Laurence Hyde, became the father of Edward, Earl of Clarendon, the famous Lord Chancellor and historian of the Civil War, whose daughter Anne married James, Duke of York. It is therefore interesting to note that the Sybill-Hyde marriage connecth this long-extinct Kentish family with the blood of an English queen.
   Browne’s Somerseishire Wills also informs us that Nicholas Sybill of Chimbharns had, besides Anne, a son Edward of Chimbhams and a daughter Lucy. Clarendon’s autobiography mentions the "care and providence" of his 

 grandmother, and that she "was left very rich, as well by his (Laurence Hyde’s) donation as from her husband Colthurst." Her first marriage with Matthew Colthurst explains the bequests to Matthew and Andrew Colthurst in the will (proved 1593) of her first-cousin once removed, Edward Sibell of Sevenoaks.
   The above information will be clearer in the form of a pedigree.

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