Simon Digby, 4th Baron Digby

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Simon Digby, 4th Baron Digby (18 July 1657 – 19 January 1686) was an Irish peer and English Member of Parliament.

Digby was a younger son of Kildare Digby, 2nd Baron Digby, and Mary Gardiner. He was privately educated by a clergyman, William Rawlins, at the family estate of Coleshill, Warwickshire,[1] before matriculating on 1 July 1674 at Magdalen College, Oxford. He was admitted to Lincoln's Inn in 1676, and succeeded his elder brother, Robert, as Baron Digby in December 1677.[1]

At the October 1679 election, Digby stood as a court candidate for Coventry, but was outpolled by all the other candidates. From 1679 to 1680, he was a commissioner of assessment for Warwickshire, and a deputy lieutenant of the county from 1680 on. A devout and scrupulous man (he rarely gambled, and donated any winnings to the poor), he took particular pains in exercising the advowson of Coleshill. He ultimately appointed John Kettlewell, then known as the author of The Measures of Christian Obedience, to the vicariate there in December 1682.[1]

On 27 August 1683, he married Lady Frances Noel, daughter of Edward Noel, 1st Earl of Gainsborough and Lady Elizabeth Wriothesley (herself daughter of Thomas Wriothesley, 4th Earl of Southampton). They had one daughter; Lady Digby died in childbirth, and was buried at Coleshill on 4 October.[1]

At the 1685 election, he was returned as Member of Parliament for Warwick, presumably, like his elder brother, with the support of Lord Brooke. He was quite active in Parliament, serving on several committees, and was so strenuous and effective a speaker against a standing army as to be numbered among the opposition, and named to the committee which wrote the address against employing Roman Catholic officers. However, this activity was not long to continue: Digby died on 19 January 1685/6 at Coleshill, and was buried there. Kettlewell preached his funeral sermon, as he had for Lady Digby. Simon was succeeded in the barony by his younger brother William.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Mimardière, A. M. "DIGBY, Simon, 4th Baron Digby of Geashill [I] (1657-86), of Coleshill, Warws.". The House of Commons. The History of Parliament Trust. 
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Thomas Lucy
Thomas Coventry
Member of Parliament for Warwick
With: Thomas Coventry
Succeeded by
Thomas Coventry
William Colemore
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Robert Digby
Baron Digby
Succeeded by
William Digby