Robert Digby, 1st Baron Digby

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Lord Digby

Robert Digby, 1st Baron Digby (died 6 June 1642) was an Anglo-Irish peer.

Digby was the son of Sir Robert Digby of Coleshill, Warwickshire and Lettice FitzGerald, of Geashill, Ireland, granddaughter of Gerald FitzGerald, 11th Earl of Kildare.[1] John Digby, 1st Earl of Bristol, was his uncle, and Essex Digby, Bishop of Dromore, his brother. Digby notably served as Governor of King's County in Ireland. In 1620 he was raised to the Peerage of Ireland as Baron Digby, of Geashill. He married, firstly, Lady Sarah Boyle, daughter of Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Cork and Catherine Fenton; this marriage produced a son, Kildare. [2] Digby married secondly, Elizabeth Altham, daughter of Sir James Altham and his second wife, Mary Stapers. He died in 1642 and was succeeded in the barony by his son, Kildare Digby, 2nd Baron Digby (c. 1627–1694).[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mosley ed. Burke's Peerage 107th Edition Delaware 2003 Vol.1 p1141
  2. ^ Burke's Peerage p.1141
  3. ^ Burke's Peerage p.1141
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
New Creation
Baron Digby
1620–1642
Succeeded by
Kildare Digby