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Everard Digby

Male Abt 1578 - 1606  (~ 28 years)

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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Everard Digby was born about 1578 (son of Everard Digby and Maria Neale); died on 30 Jan 1606.


    Attainted and hanged for high treason for allegedly taking part in the Gunpowder Plot.

    Family/Spouse: Mary Mulsho. Mary (daughter of William Mulsho) died before 1653. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    1. Kenelm Digby was born on 11 Jul 1603; died on 11 Jun 1665.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Everard Digby (son of Kenelm Digby and Anne Cope); died in 1592.

    Everard married Maria Neale. Maria (daughter of Francis Neale) died after 1592. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

  2. 3.  Maria Neale (daughter of Francis Neale); died after 1592.
    1. 1. Everard Digby was born about 1578; died on 30 Jan 1606.

Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Kenelm Digby was born before 1518 in of Stoke Dry, Rutland, England (son of Everard Digby and Margery Heydon); died on 21 Apr 1590; was buried in Stoke Dr, Rutland, England.


    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]

    Kenelm married Anne Cope. Anne (daughter of Anthony Cope and Jane Crewes) died after 1591. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

  2. 5.  Anne Cope (daughter of Anthony Cope and Jane Crewes); died after 1591.
    1. 2. Everard Digby died in 1592.

  3. 6.  Francis Neale was born in in of Keythorpe, Leicestershire, England.
    1. 3. Maria Neale died after 1592.

Generation: 4

  1. 8.  Everard Digby was born before 1472 in of Tilton, Leicestershire, England (son of Everard Digby and Jacquetta Ellis); died on 11 Apr 1540.


    Knight of the shire for Rutland, 1529.

    Everard married Margery Heydon before 1518. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

  2. 9.  Margery Heydon (daughter of John Heydon and Katherine Willoughby).
    1. 4. Kenelm Digby was born before 1518 in of Stoke Dry, Rutland, England; died on 21 Apr 1590; was buried in Stoke Dr, Rutland, England.

  3. 10.  Anthony Cope was born between 1486 and 1487 (son of William Cope and (Unknown second wife of William Cope)); died on 5 Jan 1551.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: of Hanwell, Oxfordshire
    • Alternate death: 6 Jan 1551


    Sheriff of Oxfordshire and Berkshire, 1548. Vice-chamberlain and later principal chamberlain to Catherine Parr, last wife of Henry VIII.

    He was the author of The Historie of the two moste noble Capitaines in the Worlde, Anniball and Scipio (1544) and A Godly Meditacion upon XX select and chosen Psalmes of the Prophet David (1547).

    Anthony married Jane Crewes. Jane (daughter of Matthew Crewes) died after Jan 1551. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

  4. 11.  Jane Crewes (daughter of Matthew Crewes); died after Jan 1551.
    1. Edward Cope died in 1557.
    2. 5. Anne Cope died after 1591.