Venetia Stanley

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Venetia Anastasia Digby (Stanley)

Birthplace: Borris, Leinster, Ireland
Death: Died in Borris, Leinster, Ireland
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Sir Edward Stanley, K.B., of Ensham and Lucy Stanley
Wife of Sir Kenelm Digby
Mother of John Digby
Sister of Frances Fortescue and Venetia Stanley

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About Venetia Stanley

A celebrated beauty, Venetia moved to London alone in her early teens, and had garnered a licentious reputation well before her twentieth birthday. Rumour noted later by the curious antiquary John Aubrey had it that she was the "concubine" of Richard Sackville, Earl of Dorset (died 1624), who had children by her and settled upon her an annuity of £500 per annum.[2] Circa 1625, she eventually married the celebrated scientist and adventurer Kenelm Digby, who, when the earl or his heir withheld Venetia's annuity, sued for it, according to John Aubrey, and won. Sir Kenelm wrote a "private memoir" of their courtship which is one of the major sources of information about her. It uses pseudonyms, Theagenes and Stelliana, and appears to have been revised throughout Digby's life. "This lady carried herself blamelessly," Aubrey note, "yet (they say) he was jealous of her".

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Borris, Leinster, Ireland
December 29, 1627
Age 27
Borris, Leinster, Ireland
Age 33
Borris, Leinster, Ireland