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Digby, Earl (GB, 1790 - 1856)


Creation: let.pat. 1 Nov 1790


Extinct: 12 May 1856


Family name: Digby




See Baron Digby



Henry [Digby], 7th Baron Digby later 1st Earl Digby

brother and heir of Edward [Digby], 6th Baron Digby, and 2nd son of Hon Edward Digby MP (by his wife Charlotte Fox, 2nd dau. by his second wife of Rt Hon Sir Stephen Fox, of Farley, co. Wiltshire), 1st surv. son and heir apparent of William [Digby], 5th Baron Digby, by his wife Lady Jane Noel, 2nd dau. by his first wife of Edward [Noel], 1st Earl of Gainsborough


21 Jul 1731

mar. (1)

5 Sep 1763 Elizabeth Feilding (b. c. 1742; dsps. 19 Jan 1765), dau. of Hon Charles Feilding (by his wife Anne Bridges, widow of Sir Brook Bridges, Bt., and dau. and cohrss. of Sir Thomas Palmer, Bt., of Wingham, co. Kent), 2nd son of Basil [Feilding], 4th Earl of Denbigh, by his wife Hester Firebrace, 1st dau. and hrss. in her issue of Sir Basil Firebrace, 1st Bt.

mar. (2)

10 Nov 1770 Mary Knowler (d. 26 Feb 1794), dau. and hrss. of John Knowler, Recorder of Canterbury, of Canterbury, co. Kent

children by second wife

1. Hon Edward Digby, later 2nd Earl Digby

2. Rev Hon Robert Digby (b. 10 Apr 1755; d. 25 Sep 1830)

1. Lady Charlotte Maria Digby (d. 15 May 1807), mar. 22 Jul 1796 William Wingfield-Baker MP, Master in Chancery, and had issue


25 Sep 1793


19 Aug 1765 Baron Digby, of Sherborne in the County of Dorset, with a special remainder failing the issue male of his body to the issue male of the body of his father (Peerage of Great Britain)

1 Nov 1790 Viscount Coleshill, of Coleshill in the County of Warwick, and Earl Digby, co. Lincoln

suc. by



Member of Parliament for Ludgershall 1755-61 and for Wells 1761-65; Under Secretary for the South 1755-56; suc. his brother 30 Nov 1757 as 7th Baron Digby; a Lord of the Admiralty 1763-65; Lord Lieutenant of Dorset 1771-93


Edward [Digby], 2nd Earl Digby


6 Jan 1773


12 May 1856


Lord Lieutenant of Dorset 1808-56


On the death of the 2nd Earl Digby the Earldom of Digby became extinct and the Barony of Digby passed to his cousin, Edward St Vincent Digby.


 First written 22 Nov 2005



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