Philip Sidney, 2nd Viscount De L'Isle


Philip John Algernon Sidney, 2nd Viscount De L'Isle, CVO, MBE, DL (born 21 April 1945) is a British peer and former soldier.

The Viscount De L'Isle
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Lord Lieutenant of Kent
Assumed office
1 September 2011
MonarchElizabeth II
Preceded byAllan Willett
Member of the House of Lords
as Viscount De L'Isle
In office
5 April 1991 – 11 November 1999
Preceded byWilliam Sidney
Succeeded byHouse of Lords Act 1999
Personal details
Born (1945-04-21) 21 April 1945 (age 77)
Isobel Compton
(m. 1980)
Parent(s)William Sidney, 1st Viscount De L'Isle
Jacqueline Vereker
Alma materRoyal Military Academy Sandhurst
Military service
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Branch/serviceBritish Army
Years of service1966–1979
UnitRifle Brigade
Grenadier Guards
Battles/warsThe Troubles

Life and careerEdit

Lord De L'Isle is the only son of William Sidney, 1st Viscount De L'Isle and his wife Jacqueline (née Vereker), a daughter of Field Marshal John Vereker, 6th Viscount Gort. He was educated at Tabley House, Mons Officer Cadet School and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. After service in the Rifle Brigade, in 1966, he became a major in the Grenadier Guards and took early retirement in 1979, having spent some of his service in Northern Ireland during The Troubles.

De L'Isle was appointed Vice-Lieutenant of Kent in 2002 and is also a Freeman of the City of London and a member of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths. On 1 September 2011, he was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Kent.[1] He was appointed Commander of the Order of Saint John in 2012[2] and Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in the 2019 Birthday Honours.[3]

Marriage and familyEdit

On 15 November 1980, De L'Isle married Isobel Tresyllian Compton, youngest daughter of the civil servant Sir Edmund Compton. They have two children: Sophia Jacqueline Mary Sidney (born 1983) and Philip William Edmund Sidney (born 1985).

De L'Isle succeeded to his father's titles in 1991. The family seat is Penshurst Place in Kent.


  1. ^ "No. 59900". The London Gazette. 7 September 2011. p. 17081.
  2. ^ "No. 60221". The London Gazette. 27 July 2012. p. 14480.
  3. ^ "No. 62666". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 June 2019. p. B4.

External linksEdit

  • Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Viscount De L'Isle
Honorary titles
Preceded by Lord Lieutenant of Kent
Succeeded by
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Viscount De L'Isle