Edward Digby, 11th Baron Digby

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

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 took his seat in the House of Lords. Like his father, Digby was a Colonel in the Coldstream Guards (adjutant of 1st Battalion 1916–18 and acting second-in-command 1918) and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order and the Military Cross and Bar. He was appointed Honorary Colonel of the Dorsetshire Heavy Brigade, Royal Artillery (a position his father had also held) on 8 December 1929 and continued with its successor unit the 421st (Dorset) Coast Regiment in 1947.[1][2] 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.[3]

Personal life

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.


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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

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