Edward Digby, 11th Baron Digby

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Garter-encircled arms of Edward Digby, 11th Baron Digby, KG, as displayed on his Order of the Garter stall plate in St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle - viz. Azure a fleur-de-lis argent.

Edward Kenelm Digby, 11th Baron Digby, KG, DSO, MC & Bar, TD, JP (1 August 1894 – 29 January 1964), also 5th Baron Digby in the Peerage of Great Britain, was a British peer, soldier and politician.

Early life[edit]

Digby was the son of Edward Henry Trafalgar Digby, 10th Baron Digby, and Emily Beryl Sissy Hood, daughter of Hon. Arthur Hood. Admiral Sir Henry Digby was his great-grandfather while on his mother's side he was a descendant of another naval commander, Admiral Samuel Hood, 1st Viscount Hood.


He succeeded his father as eleventh Baron Digby in 1920 and was able to take a seat in the House of Lords. Digby was a Colonel in the Coldstream Guards and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order and the Military Cross and Bar. He also served as Chairman of the Dorset County Council from 1955 to 1964 and as Lord Lieutenant of Dorset between 1952 and 1964. In 1960, he was made a Knight of the Order of the Garter.

Lord Digby was Chairman of the Orchid Committee of the Royal Horticultural Society.[1]

Personal life[edit]

In 1919, Lord Digby married Hon. Constance Pamela Alice Bruce, daughter of Henry Bruce, 2nd Baron Aberdare and granddaughter of Henry Austin Bruce, 1st Baron Aberdare. Their children include:

Lord Digby died in January 1964, aged 69, and was succeeded in his titles by his son Edward Henry Kenelm Digby. Lady Digby died on 15 March 1978.


  1. ^ Rolfe, R. Allen (1914). The Orchid Review. Orchid Review ltd. Vol. XXII. Kingstington, England: Frank Leslie & Co. Retrieved 15 December 2016. 
  2. ^ ‘DIGBY’, Who's Who 2014, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2014; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2013 ; online edn, Dec 2013 accessed 8 April 2014
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Shaftesbury
Lord Lieutenant of Dorset
Succeeded by
Sir Joseph William Weld
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Edward Henry Trafalgar Digby
Baron Digby
Succeeded by
Edward Henry Kenelm Digby