Digby, Kenelm, Sir (1603 -1665)

Kenelm Digby was the elder son of Sir Everard Digby, and Mary, daughter and heiress of William Mulsho of Gothurst. He was educated at Gloucester Hall in Oxford, where he matriculated as a Gentleman Commoner in 1618. He travelled widely on the Continent, particularly in France and Spain. He was knighted in 1623, and in 1625 married his childhood sweetheart Venetia, daughter and coheir of Sir Edward Stanley and Lucy daughter of Thomas Percy, 7th Earl of Northumberland. Digby was a Roman Catholic and was imprisoned for his faith in 1643, and then banished. He settled in Paris and lived there until his death. A prolific author, he is probably best remembered for his answer to Sir Thomas Browne's Religio Medici, which he is said to have written in twenty four hours. He presented the books he inherited from his old tutor, Thomas Allen, to the Bodleian Library. He had a considerable library in Paris which was sold by the authorities for 10,000 écus, but partly repurchased by his kinsman the Earl of Bristol. It was finally dispersed, partly at the Golden Lion, Paternoster Row 19 April 1680, and partly by auction in London in 1730.

Stamp(s) Stamp Information
Digby, Kenelm, Sir (1603 - 1665) (Stamp 1) Arms: Quarterly 1. A fleur-de-lys (Digby) 2. A chevron between three cross crosslets fitchy (Pakeman) 3. Ermine on a bend three goats heads erased (Mulsho) 4. Semy of cross crosslets three leopards heads jessant de lys (Neville) impaling on an escutcheon of pretence Quarterly 1. On a bend three stags heads caboshed a crescent for difference (Stanley) 2. A lion rampant (Brabant) 3. Three luces hauriant (Lucy) 4. Five lozenges in fess (Percy)
Quarterings: 1. A fleur-de-lys (Digby) 2. A chevron between three cross crosslets fitchy (Pakeman) 3. Ermine on a bend three goats heads erased (Mulsho) 4. Semy of cross crosslets three leopards heads jessant de lys (Neville); 1. On a bend three stags heads caboshed a crescent for difference (Stanley) 2. A lion rampant (Brabant) 3. Three luces hauriant (Lucy) 4. Five lozenges in fess (Percy)
Escutcheon of Pretence: Quarterly 1. On a bend three stags heads caboshed a crescent for difference (Stanley) 2. A lion rampant (Brabant) 3. Three luces hauriant (Lucy) 4. Five lozenges in fess (Percy)
Heraldic Charges: bend, on a, Heraldic Charges: chevron between, Heraldic Charges: cross crosslets (3), Heraldic Charges: cross crosslets (semy), Heraldic Charges: fleur-de-lys, Heraldic Charges: goats heads (3), Heraldic Charges: leopards heads (3), Heraldic Charges: lion rampant, Heraldic Charges: lozenges (5), Heraldic Charges: luces (3), Heraldic Charges: stags heads caboshed (3)
Digby, Kenelm, Sir (1603 - 1665) (Stamp 2) Helmet: Esquire
Crest: An ostrich holding in its beak a horseshoe
Arms: Quarterly 1. A fleur-de-lys (Digby) 2. A chevron between three cross crosslets fitchy (Pakeman) 3. Ermine on a bend three goats heads erased (Mulsho) 4. Semy of cross crosslets three leopards heads jessant de lys (Neville) on an escutcheon of pretence Quarterly 1 & 4. On a bend three stags heads caboshed a crescent for difference (Stanley) 2. Quarterly 1 & 4 A lion rampant (Brabant) 2 & 3 Three luces hauriant (Lucy) 3. Five lozenges in fess (Percy)
Quarterings: 1. A fleur-de-lys (Digby) 2. A chevron between three cross crosslets fitchy (Pakeman) 3. Ermine on a bend three goats heads erased (Mulsho) 4. Semy of cross crosslets three leopards heads jessant de lys (Neville); 1. On a bend three stags heads caboshed a a crescent for difference (Stanley) 2. Quarterly 1 & 4 A lion rampant (Brabant) 2 & 3 Three luces hauriant (Lucy) 3. Five lozenges in fess (Percy)
Escutcheon of Pretence: Quarterly 1 & 4. On a bend three stags heads caboshed a crescent for difference (Stanley) 2. Quarterly 1 & 4 A lion rampant (Brabant) 2 & 3 Three luces hauriant (Lucy) 3. Five lozenges in fess (Percy)
Heraldic Charges: bend, on a, Heraldic Charges: chevron between, Heraldic Charges: cross crosslets (3), Heraldic Charges: cross crosslets (semy), Heraldic Charges: fleur-de-lys, Heraldic Charges: goats heads (3), Heraldic Charges: horseshoe, Heraldic Charges: leopards heads (3), Heraldic Charges: lion rampant, Heraldic Charges: lozenges (5), Heraldic Charges: luces (3), Heraldic Charges: ostrich, Heraldic Charges: stags heads caboshed (3)
Digby, Kenelm, Sir (1603 - 1665) (Stamp 3) Helmet: Esquire
Crest: An ostrich holding in its beak a horseshoe
Arms: Quarterly 1 & 4. A fleur-de-lys (Digby) 2 & 3. Ermine on a bend three goats heads erased (Mulsho) impaling Quarterly 1 & 4. On a bend three stags heads caboshed a crescent for difference (Stanley) 2 & 3. A lion rampant (Brabant)
Quarterings: Ermine on a bend three goats heads erased (Mulsho); 1 & 4. On a bend three stags heads caboshed a crescent for difference (Stanley) 2 & 3. A lion rampant (Brabant)
Heraldic Charges: bend, on a, Heraldic Charges: fleur-de-lys, Heraldic Charges: goats heads (3), Heraldic Charges: horseshoe, Heraldic Charges: lion rampant, Heraldic Charges: ostrich, Heraldic Charges: stags heads caboshed (3)
Digby, Kenelm, Sir (1603 - 1665) (Stamp 4) Helmet: Esquire
Crest: An ostrich holding in its beak a horseshoe
Arms: Quarterly 1 & 4. A fleur-de-lys (Digby) 2 & 3. Ermine on a bend three goats heads erased (Mulsho) impaling Quarterly 1 & 4. On a bend three stags heads caboshed a crescent for difference (Stanley) 2 & 3. A lion rampant (Brabant)
Quarterings: Ermine on a bend three goats heads erased (Mulsho); 1 & 4. On a bend three stags heads caboshed a crescent for difference (Stanley) 2 & 3. A lion rampant (Brabant)
Heraldic Charges: bend, on a, Heraldic Charges: fleur-de-lys, Heraldic Charges: goats heads (3), Heraldic Charges: horseshoe, Heraldic Charges: lion rampant, Heraldic Charges: ostrich, Heraldic Charges: stags heads caboshed (3)
Digby, Kenelm, Sir (1603 - 1665) (Stamp 5) Arms: A fleur-de-lys
Heraldic Charges: fleur-de-lys
Digby, Kenelm, Sir (1603 - 1665) (Stamp 6) Arms: A fleur-de-lys
Heraldic Charges: fleur-de-lys
Digby, Kenelm, Sir (1603 - 1665) (Stamp 7) Monogram: K D V
Digby, Kenelm, Sir (1603 - 1665) (Stamp 8) Monogram: K D
Monogram: K D
Digby, Kenelm, Sir (1603 - 1665) (Stamp 10) Monogram: K D V
Digby, Kenelm, Sir (1603 - 1665) (Stamp 11) Monogram: K D
Digby, Kenelm, Sir (1603 - 1665) (Stamp 12) Monogram: K D V
Digby, Kenelm, Sir (1603 - 1665) (Stamp 13) Monogram: K D