'Digby01'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Digby of Digby, Digby of Drystoke, Digby of Tilton
[This page was redone, and split into additional pages, following review and significant expansion using Nichols.]

BP1934 reports that "In the Confessor's reign Aelmar held land in Tilton, co. Leicester. The family of Digby descending from him were sometimes styled Diggeby de Tilton and sometimes Tilton only. It has been frequently stated that this family removed to Digby in Leicestershire in 1256 and thence assumed the name, but it was used much earlier." BP1934 identifies the arms of the family as "Az. a fleur-de-lis arg.".
Aelmar of Tilton, Leicestershire (a 1066, 1086)
1. John de Tilton
2. Sir Everard Digby of Tilton (a 1135)
  m. Amicia Bretton
  A. William of Digby
  i. Walter of Digby & Tilton (a temp Henry II who r. 1154-1189)
  ii. Robert of Digby & Tilton (d before 1224)
  m. Anne Herle of Lincolnshire (a 1240)
  a. Robert Digby of Digby (a 1260)
  m. Ida (dau of John Fitzherbert)
(1) Sir John Digby (d 1269)
  m. Arabella Harcourt (dau of Sir William Harcourt)
  (A) Sir John Digby of Tilton (a 1271, 1299)
  m. _ Wake
  (i) Robert Digby
  m. Sibella
  (a)+ issue - John (a 1315), Elizabeth (a 1339)
  (ii) John Digby (a 1339)
  m. Elizabeth Osevill (dau of Sir William Osevill)
  (a) Robert Digby of Tilton (d before 1403) - continued below
  m. Catherine Pakeman (a 1391, dau of Simon Pakeman of Kirby & sister/coheir of Henry)
  (B) William Digby of Brantwell, Lincolnshire
  (C) Mary Digby possibly of this generation
  m. John de Stockton of Burrow
  (2)+ other issue - Nicholas, Hugh, William (clerk)
  b. Thomas Digby
  B. Christiana



Robert Digby of Tilton (d before 1403) - continued above the first mentioned by Visitation (Rutland, 'Digby' (1))
m. Catherine Pakeman (dau/coheir of Simon Pakeman of Kirby & Wigtone and sister/coheir of Henry, m2. Thomas Seyton)
1. Simon Digby of Tilton & Drystoke in Rutland (d before 1422)
  This generation is given by Nichols (vol 3, 1800) but not by Visitation (Rutland, 'Digby' (1)). Noting the apparent uncertainty reported by the latter for their eldest son's name, and the dates, we follow Nichols.
  m. Joan Beler (dau of Sir James Beler)
  A. Sir Everard ('Greenleaf') Digby of Tilton & Drystoke (d Towton 03.1461) the first given by Nichols (vol 2, 1795) ######2
  Visitation (Rutland, 'Digby' (1)) shows the son of Robert Digby as "Symon al's Everard" who m. Agnes, dau of John Clark & widow of Richard Seddall. Nichols, with more detail in 1795 than in 1800, shows Everard's wives as follows.
  m1. Elizabeth
  m2. Anne Clark (dau of Sir Francis Clarke of Whissendine & Stoke Dry, m2. Richard Seddall)
i. Sir Everard Digby of Tilton, Sheriff of Rutland (d 1509) the first given by BP1934 & Visitation (Rutland, 'Digby' (2)) ######3
  BP1934 starts with Sheriff Everard (m. Jaqueta Ellys), noting that he "fell at the battle of Towton" but dates that as 1440. Visitation (Nottinghamshire, 1569+1614, 'Digby'), which starts with this Everard, suggests that he was "slaine at Barnett Feld" which was in April 1471.
  m. Jaqueta Ellys (d 1483, dau of Sir John Ellys or Ellis of Devonshire)
  a. Sir Everard Digby of Tilton & Drystoke (d 1540)
  m. Margery Haydon (dau of Sir John Haydon or Heydon of Norfolk)
  b. Sir Simon Digby of Coleshill (d 1519, Lieutenant of the Tower)
  m. Alice Walleys (dau of John Walleys of East Haddon)
  c. Sir John Digby of Eye Ketttleby, Sheriff, Knight Marshal, etc. (d 1533)
  m1. Catherine Griffin (dau of Nicholas Griffin of Braybrook)
  m2. Anne Willoughby of Wollaton
d. Lebbaeus (Liberius) Digby of Luffenham & Cotes (Coats)
  The following comes from NichoÏs (vol 3, part 1, 1800, 'III. Pedigree of Digby of Cotes and Luffenham', p475). Note that BEB1841 ('Burton of Stockerston') suggests that Lybeus (sic) was 4th son of Sir Simon Digby of Coleshill. We are following Nichols which shows him as a younger brother of that Simon.
  m. _ Hutt of Luffenham
  (1) Thomas Digby of Cotes (Coats)
  m. Anne (relict of _ Greene of Uppingham)
(A) Anne Digby
  m. John Burton of Stockerston
  (B) Margaret Digby
  m. Ferdinando Caldecott of Ketton
  e. Rowland Digby of Welby& Sheldon
  m. Anne Ashby (dau/heir of Robert Ashby, relict of John Sheldon)
  f. (Sir) Thomas Digby of Oulney, Buckinghamshire ("esquire of the body to king Henry VII")
  m. Dorothy Oxenbrigg (dau of Sir Thomas Oxenbrigg)
  g. Benjamin Digby of London
  The following comes from NichoÏs (vol 3, part 1, 1800, 'V. Pedigree of Digby of London and Garendon', p475).
  (1) Henry Digby of Garendon
  m. Margaret Trice of London
  (A) Thomas Digby of Bachley, Norfolk
  m. Joan Aylward (dau/heir of Thomas Aylward of Bachley)
  (i)+ issue - John, Margaret, Elizabeth, Elianor, Philippa
  (B) Elizabeth Digby
  m. _ Wildbore of Paston
  (C) Margaret Digby
  m. John Barwick of London
  (D) Elianor Digby
  m. _ Mountsteven of Peterborough
  (E) Katharine Digby
  m. William Worship
F)+ other issue - Jasper, Henry, John, Andrew, Benjamin, Edward, Catharine, Dorothy
  h. Alice Digby
  m. Robert Malory (son of Simon)
  i. Ellen Digby
  m. _ Wheeler
  j. Darnegold Digby probably duplication with Dervorguila just below
  m. Robert Hunt of Lyndon and/or Stoke Daubeney
  k. Anne Digby probably duplication with Anne Digby here
  m. Sir William Skeffington, Lord Deputy of Ireland
  l. Katharine Digby probably duplication with Catharine Digby here
  m1. Simon Wheeler of Kenilworth
  m2. John Fisher of Pakington
  m. Elizabeth Digby
m. Anthony St. Leger
  n.+ other issue - Catharine (nun at Sempringham), another daughter
  ii. John Digby of Preston
  m. _ Lee
  a. Francis Digby (dsp)
  b. Margaret Digby
  m. Christopher Tamworth of Leake
  iii. Dervorguilla Digby probably duplication with Darnegold just above, could be that generation?
  m. Robert Hunt of Lyndon (a 1505)
  iv. Margaret Digby
  m. Sir William Skeffington, Lord Deputy of Ireland (d 12.1535, m2. Anne, dau of Sir John Digby of Kettleby)
  B.+ 3 other sons (d Towton 1461)
2.+ other issue - Robert (d young), Catharine, Joan

Main source(s):
(1) For upper section (added 13.03.23) : 'History and Antiquities of the County of Leicester' (John NichoÏs, vol 3, part 1, 1800, 'Pedigree of Digby of Tilton', p473)
(2) For lower section : 'History and Antiquities of the County of Leicester' (John NichoÏs, vol 3, part 1, 1800, 'Pedigree of Digby of Tilton', p473), 'History and Antiquities of the County of Leicester' (John NichoÏs, vol 2, part 1, 1795, 'Pedigree of Digby of Tilton, Eye-Kettleby, Sisonby, North Luffenham, and Welby', p261*) with a little input/support from BP1934 ('Digby'), Visitation (Rutland, 1618-9, 'Digby' (1) & (2)) with additional input/support as reported above
Back to top of page