Kenelm Henry Digby
?1796-1880, b. Ireland, youngest s. of Dean of Clonfert, ed. Trinity Coll.,
Cambridge, Catholic converted to Catholicism; celebrated exponent of a
chivalric conception of Christian piety; author of The Broad Stone
of Honour (1822), Rules for the Gentlemen of England (1822-23)
on chivalry (revised in 4 vols. 1826-27, and reissued 1845-48; Mores
Catholici, or Ages of Faith (11 vols., 1831-40); his work regarded
as the second only to Scripture by some clerical admirers; ; m. Jane Mary,
dg. Thomas Dillon of Mount Dillon, Co. Dublin; a son, Kenelm Thomas Digby,
MP Queens County; there is a memoir by B. Holland (1919). ODNB
PI DIW OCEL
Short Poems (1865); A Day on the Muses Hill (1867); Hours with the Fast Falling Leaves (1868); Little Low Bushes (1869); Halcyon Hours (1870); Ourangaia, or Heaven on Earth (1872); Last Years Leaves (1873); The Temple of Memory (1874); The Epilogue to Previous Works in Prose and Verse,
in six cantos (1876).
British Library holds Halcyon Hours: Poems (London &
Dublin: James Duffy 1870), 358pp.; The Chapel of St. John; or, a Life
of faith in the nineteenth century [2nd edn.] (London: Thomas Richardson
& Son 1861); Do., another edn. (London & Dublin: James
Ryan, Biographia Hibernica: Irish Worthies (1821), Vol.
II, p.89-93 lists Lettice Digby, in [see also under Henry Brooke, Rx].
Dictionary of National Biography gives bio-dates
1800-1860 [but note corrig. ?1796; 7th Imp.]; miscellaneous writer; works
on emotional aspects of Catholicism.
Belfast Public Library holds
B. Holland, Memoir of Kenelm Henry Digby (1919).
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Kith & Kin?: Sir Kenelm
Digby (1603-1665), author, naval commander, and diplomatist, who also
discovered the necessity of oxygen to life in plants [see Dictionary
of National Biography]; author of A Conference with a Lady about choice of a Religion (1635), Of the Nature of Bodies (1644) and Of the Nature of Mans Soule (1644); ed. Gloucester College, Oxon.; fought a duel in France in 1642, killing his opponent; elected Royal Society, 1633.
Kith & Kin?: Sir Kenelm Digby (1603-1665) is cited in Rinuccinis Embassy as resident of the Queen of England at Rome and bearer of letters to Rinuccini from the Pope; a restless man of scanty wisdom who before now has taken the oath of supremacy. [trans. Hutton, from Giazza; see Rinuccini, infra].