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Lond. 1848–54; 6 vols. 1851–5. 4. ‘The Lover's Seat. Kathemérina; or Common Things in relation to Beauty, Virtue, and Faith,’ 2 vols. Lond. 1856, 8vo. 5. ‘The Children's Bower; or What you like,’ 2 vols. Lond. 1858, 8vo. 6. ‘Evenings on the Thames; or Serene Hours, and what they require,’ 2 vols. Lond. 1860, 8vo; 2nd edit. Lond. 1864, 8vo. 7. ‘The Chapel of St. John; or a Life of Faith in the Nineteenth Century,’ Lond. 1861, 1863, 8vo. 8. ‘Short Poems,’ Lond. 1865, 1866, 8vo. 9. ‘A Day on the Muses' Hill,’ Lond. 1867, 8vo. 10. ‘Little Low Bushes, Poems,’ Lond. 1869, 8vo. 11. ‘Halcyon Hours, Poems,’ Lond. 1870, 8vo. 12. ‘Ouranogaia,’ a poem in twenty cantos, Lond. 1871, 8vo. 13. ‘Hours with the First Falling Leaves,’ in verse, Lond. 1873, 8vo. 14. ‘Last Year's Leaves,’ in verse, Lond. 1873, 8vo. 15. ‘The Temple of Memory,’ a poem, Lond. 1874, 1875, 8vo.

[Academy, 1880, i. 252; Allibone's Dict. of Engl. Lit.; Athenæum, 1880, i. 411, 440; Cat. of Printed Books in Brit. Mus.; Cotton's Fasti Eccl. Hibern. iv. 179; Life of Ambrose Phillipps de Lisle (privately printed), 1878, p. 6; Dublin Review, xxv. 463, xlviii. 526; Gillow's Bibl. Dict.; Men of the Time (1879); Notes and Queries, 1st ser. iii. 264, 6th ser. i. 292, vi. 375, vii. 256, 314; Tablet, 27 March 1880, p. 403; Times, 24 March 1880, p. 11; Weekly Register, 27 March 1880, p. 403.]

T. C.

DIGBY, LETTICE, Lady, (1588?–1658), created Baroness Offaley, became heiress-general to the Earls of Kildare on the death of her father, Gerald FitzGerald, lord Offaley. About 1608 she married Sir Robert Digby of Coleshill, Warwickshire. In 1618 Sir Robert died at Coleshill, and in 1619 Lady Digby received the grant of her barony, which was regranted to her on 26 June 1620. She then returned to Ireland, inhabiting Geashill Castle, where she was besieged by the Irish rebels in 1642. She resisted them with spirit, though they sent four messages to remind her that the castle was only garrisoned by women and boys. The besiegers' guns burst upon themselves, and she was at last rescued, in October of the same year, by Sir Richard Grenville. She retired to Coleshill, where she died on 1 Dec. 1658, aged about seventy, and was buried with her husband. She was the mother of ten children—seven sons and three daughters. A portrait of her at Sherborne Castle represents her with a book inscribed Job xix. 20 (‘I am escaped with the skin of my teeth’).

[Hutchins's History of Dorset, iv. 134; Lodge's Peerage of Ireland (Archdall), vi. 280 et seq. notes.]

J. H.

DIGBY, ROBERT (1732–1815), admiral, son of Edward Digby, grandson of William, fifth baron Digby [q. v.], and younger brother of Henry, first earl Digby, was born on 20 Dec. 1732. In 1755 he was promoted to be captain of the Solebay frigate, and in the following year was advanced to command the Dunkirk of 60 guns, in which ship he continued till the peace in 1763, serving for the most part on the home station, and being present in the expedition against Rochefort in 1757 and in Quiberon Bay in 1759. He was M.P. for Wells (1757–61). In 1778 he was appointed to the Ramillies of 74 guns, which he commanded off Ushant 27 July 1778. Having been stationed in Palliser's division, he was summoned by Palliser as a witness for the prosecution, and thus, though his evidence tended distinctly to Keppel's advantage [see Keppel, Augustus, Lord; Palliser, Sir Hugh], he came to be considered as a friend of Palliser and of the admiralty, and, being promoted in the following March to the rank of rear-admiral, was ordered at once to hoist his flag on board the Prince George, so that he might—as was affirmed by the opposition—sit on Palliser's court-martial. During the summer of 1779 he was second in command of the Channel fleet under Sir Charles Hardy [q. v.], and in December was second in command of the fleet which sailed under Sir George Rodney for the relief of Gibraltar [see Rodney, George Brydges]. It was at this time that he was first appointed also governor of Prince William Henry, who began his naval career on board the Prince George. When, after relieving Gibraltar, Rodney, with one division of the fleet, went on to the West Indies, Digby, with the other, returned to England, having the good fortune on the way to disperse a French convoy and capture the Prothée of 64 guns. He continued as second in command of the Channel fleet during the summers of 1780 and 1781, and in the second relief of Gibraltar by Vice-admiral George Darby [q. v.] In August 1781 he was sent as commander-in-chief to North America. He arrived just as his predecessor [see Graves, Thomas, Lord] was preparing to sail for the Chesapeake in hopes, in a second attempt, to effect the relief of Cornwallis; and, courteously refusing to take on himself the command at this critical juncture, remained at New York while Graves sailed on his vain errand. Afterwards, when he had assumed the command, he removed into the Lion, a smaller ship, in order to allow the Prince George, as well as most of his other ships, to accompany Sir Samuel Hood to the West Indies [see Hood, Samuel, Viscount]. The tide of the