Edward Digby, 9th Baron Digby

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"Lord Leicester's nephew"
Digby as caricatured by Spy (Leslie Ward) in Vanity Fair, September 1883

Edward St Vincent Digby, 9th Baron Digby (21 June 1809 – 16 October 1889), also 3rd Baron Digby in the Peerage of Great Britain, was a British peer.

Biography[edit]

Digby was the son of Admiral Sir Henry Digby, who fought at the Battle of Trafalgar, and Lady Jane Elizabeth Coke, daughter of Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester. Jane Digby was his sister. He was commissioned a captain in the Dorsetshire Yeomanry on 12 November 1848.[1] On 12 May 1856 he succeeded as ninth Baron Digby (in the Peerage of Ireland) and third Baron Digby (in the Peerage of Great Britain) on the death of his first cousin twice removed, Edward Digby, 2nd Earl Digby (on whose death the earldom became extinct), and was able to take a seat in the House of Lords. On 26 July 1856, he was promoted to lieutenant-colonel in the Yeomanry,[2] and on 19 July 1866, succeeded Lord Rivers as lieutenant-colonel commandant of the regiment.[3] He resigned the command in 1870.[4]

Lord Digby married his third cousin Lady Theresa Anna Maria Fox-Strangways, daughter of Henry Fox-Strangways, 3rd Earl of Ilchester, in 1837. He died in October 1889, aged 80, and was succeeded in his titles by his eldest son Edward Henry Trafalgar Digby. Lord Digby's great-granddaughter was the Hon. Pamela Digby, American Ambassador to France.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "No. 20916". The London Gazette. 14 November 1848. p. 4125. 
  2. ^ "No. 21910". The London Gazette. 5 August 1856. p. 2712. 
  3. ^ "No. 23145". The London Gazette. 27 July 1866. p. 4239. 
  4. ^ "No. 23661". The London Gazette. 23 September 1870. p. 4246. 

References[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
The Lord Rivers
Lieutenant-Colonel Commandant of the
Dorsetshire Yeomanry (Queen's Own)

1866–1870
Succeeded by
Lord Richard Grosvenor
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Edward Digby
Baron Digby
1856–1889
Succeeded by
Edward Henry Trafalgar Digby