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Kenelm Digby

Male Bef 1518 - 1590  (> 72 years)


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  • Name Kenelm Digby 
    Born Bef 1518  of Stoke Dry, Rutland, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 21 Apr 1590  [1
    Buried Stoke Dr, Rutland, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I17723  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others
    Last Modified 14 Sep 2018 

    Father Everard Digby,   b. Bef 1472, of Tilton, Leicestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Apr 1540  (Age > 68 years) 
    Mother Margery Heydon 
    Married Bef 1518  [1
    Family ID F10885  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Anne Cope,   d. Aft 1591 
    Children 
    +1. Everard Digby,   d. 1592
    Last Modified 14 Sep 2018 
    Family ID F10886  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Knight of the shire for Stamford, 1539, and for Rutland in 1545, 1547, Mar 1553, Oct 1553, 1555, 1558, 1559, 1571, 1572, and 1584. Educated at Brasenose College, Oxford and at the Middle Temple. Sheriff of Rutland 1541-42, 1549-50, 1553-54, 1561-62, 1567-68, 1575-76, and 1585-86.

      "Whatever knowledge of the law Digby had acquired at the Middle Temple, an inn with which he retained a connexion for many years, was put to both public and private use: regularly named to commissions of oyer and terminer for the midlands, he was also consulted on legal matters by his friends and relatives, for whom he often acted as a feoffee. It was perhaps his legal bent which in 1572 prompted his demand to see the 3rd Earl of Huntingdon's patent of lieutenancy before acknowledging Huntingdon's standing in the county, a piece of officiousness which incensed the earl. With so ardent a Puritan as Huntingdon, however, Digby can have felt little at ease: in 1564 he was reported to be 'indifferent' in religion but towards the end of his life he was described as unsound in faith and one of his sons was a notable Catholic." [History of Parliament]

  • Sources 
    1. [S47] The History of Parliament. Some citations point to entries from the printed volumes not yet added to the online site.