Henry Digby, 1st Earl Digby

Henry Digby, 1st Earl Digby (21 July 1731 – 25 September 1793) was a British peer and Member of Parliament.

Digby was the younger son of Hon. Edward Digby, son of William Digby, 5th Baron Digby. His mother was Charlotte Fox, daughter of Sir Stephen Fox. Henry Fox, 1st Baron Holland, was his uncle and Charles James Fox his cousin. Digby was elected to the House of Commons for Ludgershall in 1755, a seat he held until 1761, and then represented Wells between 1761 and 1765. From 1763 to 1765, he was a Lord of the Admiralty. In 1757 he succeeded his elder brother as the 7th Baron Digby but as this was an Irish peerage it did not entitle him to sit in the British House of Lords and did not force him to resign his seat in the House of Commons. However, in 1765 Digby was created 1st Baron Digby, of Sherborne in the County of Dorset, in the Peerage of Great Britain and with remainder to the male issue of his father. From 1771 to 1793 Lord Digby served as Lord Lieutenant of Dorset. In 1790 he was further honoured when he was 1st Viscount Coleshill and 1st Earl Digby in the Peerage of Great Britain, with remainder to his heirs male.

Lord Digby married, firstly, Elizabeth Feilding, daughter of Hon. Charles Feilding, in 1763. They had one son, Hon. Edward Digby (19 June 1764 – 15 July 1764). After his first wife's death in 1765 he married, secondly, Mary Knowler, daughter of John Knowler, in 1779. They had five children:

Lord Digby died in September 1793, aged 62, and was succeeded in his title by his eldest son Edward. The Countess Digby died in 1794. William Wingfield married Lady Charlotte-Maria (died 1807), Digby's eldest daughter.


    Parliament of Great Britain
    Preceded by
    Sir John Bland
    Thomas Hayward
    Member of Parliament for Ludgershall
    With: Thomas Hayward
    Succeeded by
    Thomas Whately
    John Paterson
    Preceded by
    Charles Tudway
    Robert Digby
    Member of Parliament for Wells
    With: Clement Tudway
    Succeeded by
    Clement Tudway
    Robert Child
    Honorary titles
    Preceded by
    The Earl of Shaftesbury
    Lord Lieutenant of Dorset
    Succeeded by
    The Lord Rivers
    Peerage of Great Britain
    New title Earl Digby
    Succeeded by
    Edward Digby
    Baron Digby
    Peerage of Ireland
    Preceded by
    Edward Digby
    Baron Digby
    Succeeded by
    Edward Digby
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