Nicasius de Sille

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Doctor
Nicasius de Sille
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Netherlands Special Ambassador to England, Denmark, France, and Germany
In office
1587–1600
Deputy to the States-General of the Netherlands
In office
1585–1587
Secretary of State of the Netherlands
In office
1578–1585
Representative of Namur in the Assembly of Brussels
In office
1577–1578
Personal details
Born August 3, 1543
Mechlin, Belgium
Died August 22, 1600
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Spouse(s) Genoveve de Romaignan
Children Laurens de Sille

Dr. Nicasius de Sille (1543–1600) was a 16th-century statesman from Belgium who served as a special ambassador from the Netherlands to several nations, and as secretary to future-Holy Roman Emperor Matthias.

Early life

Nicasius was born August 3, 1543 in the city of Mechlin, Habsburg Netherlands, the son of Nicolaas de Sille and Barbara van der Goes. His grandfather, Antonius de Sille, was a page for Philip, Duke of Burgundy.[1]

He spent his early life studying, eventually becoming a Doctor Juris and practicing at the Superior Court of Mechlin.[1]

Political career

In 1576, Nicasius was sent by the state to annex Gelderland. In 1577, he became the pensionary of Namur, and represented the city at the Assembly of Brussels. The following year he signed the Union of Brussels.[1]

In 1578, he became secretary to the Council of State for Archduke Matthias, who had become governor-general of the Netherlands as a result of the Dutch revolt, and secretary for the General States.[1] After the fall of the Southern Provinces, de Sille removed to Holland where he became pensionary of Amsterdam while maintaining his duties as secretary.[1] In 1579, on a mission to secure Mechlin, he was arrested and imprisoned out of revenge, but was released shortly thereafter.

In 1584, de Sille made up the conditions of homage of Prince William to negotiate with the Earl of Leicester pertaining to control of the Netherlands. Later that year Nicasius was sent as a deputy to the States-General, marking the first of repeated terms until his death in 1600.[2]

In 1587, de Sille was sent as a special ambassador to England, appearing at the embassy before Queen Elizabeth.[2] He is mentioned in Elizabeth's "Calendar of State Papers Foreign" on several occasions.[3][4] Following the successful mission, Nicasius was sent as a special ambassador several times to Denmark, Germany, and France. He would also serve twice as a commissioner of the Army.

Marriage and family

On January 31, 1571, he married in Namur Genoveve de Romaignan, daughter of Laurens de Romaignan and Philippotte le Noire. Genoveve died the following year,[5] leaving Nicasius a son:

  • Laurens de Sille (1572-1637), burgomeister of Arnhem and later treasurer of Brabant;[5] he and his wife Walburga Everwyn had five children, including:

De Sille remarried to Johanna de Trello (also: de Thrello, van Trillo), and had two daughters:

  • Johanna de Sille, who married Sir Daniel van Hofdijck, Lord of Middelharnis
  • Clara de Sille

He died in Amsterdam on August 22, 1600, and was buried there at the Oude Kerk.[5]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f Catharine T. R. Mathews (1903). "The de Sille Family of Holland". The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. 34: 24–28. 
  2. ^ a b "Documents relating to the colonial history of the State of New York", Retrieved 23 jan 2010.
  3. ^ "'Elizabeth: September 1585, 21-25', Calendar of State Papers Foreign, Elizabeth, Volume 20: September 1585-May 1586 (1921)", pp. 30-43. British History Online, Retrieved 23 jan 2010.
  4. ^ "'Elizabeth: March 1582, 1-5', Calendar of State Papers Foreign, Elizabeth, Volume 15: 1581-1582 (1907)", pp. 510-534. British History Online, Retrieved 23 jan 2010.
  5. ^ a b c Hoffman, William J. (1933). "An Armory of American Families of Dutch Descent". The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. 64: 13–15. 
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