William Digby, 5th Baron Digby

William Digby, 5th Baron Digby (20 February 1661 – 27 November 1752) was a British peer and Member of Parliament.

Digby was a younger son of Kildare Digby, 2nd Baron Digby, and Mary Gardiner. He matriculated at Magdalen College, Oxford on 16 May 1679, and received a BA in 1681.[1]

In 1686 he succeeded his elder brother as fifth Baron Digby.[2] This was an Irish peerage and did not entitle him to a seat in the English House of Lords. He was instead elected to the House of Commons for Warwick in 1689, a constituency he continued to represent until 1698. In September 1698, he inherited the estate of Sherborne Castle from his third cousin once removed, John Digby, 3rd Earl of Bristol.

Lord Digby married Lady Jane Noel (c.1664 – 10 September 1733), daughter of Edward Noel, 1st Earl of Gainsborough, in 1686. They had four sons and eight daughters:[2]

In 1708, he was awarded a DCL from Oxford.[1]

He died in November 1752, aged 91, and was succeeded in the barony by his grandson Edward Digby, his son the Hon. Edward Digby having predeceased him.



  1. 1 2 3 4 Foster, Joseph, ed. (1891). Alumni Oxonienses 1500-1714. Oxford. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  2. 1 2 Debrett, John (1820). Debrett's Peerage of England, Scotland and Ireland. London: G. Woodfall. p. 306.
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Thomas Coventry
William Colemore
Member of Parliament for Warwick
With: William Colemore 1689–95
Francis Greville 1695–98
Succeeded by
Robert Greville
Sir Thomas Wagstaffe
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Simon Digby
Baron Digby
Succeeded by
Edward Digby
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