Digby Mackworth Dolben

DOLBEN, Digby Augustus Stewart Mackworth. b. Guernsey, Channel Islands, 8 February 1848; d. Luffenham, Rutland, 28 June 1867. He was the son of aristocratic and fiercely Protestant parents, and Digby reacted by becoming involved with Roman Catholicism while still at school at Eton, when he associated with an unofficial order of Benedictines which allowed him to dress as a monk. At Eton he became friendly with Robert Bridges*, who encouraged him to write poetry and admired the result; on a visit to Oxford in 1865 he met Gerard Manley Hopkins*, then at Balliol College and in his own mental turmoil over conversion to Roman Catholicism. Dolben was drowned at the age of 19 in the River Welland,...

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