Henry Digby Beste
Henry Digby Beste
    Henry Digby Beste
     Catholic_Encyclopedia Henry Digby Beste
    Miscellaneous author, b. at Lincoln, England, 21 October, 1768; d. at Brighton, 28 May, 1836. He was the son of the Rev. Henry Beste, D.D., prebendary of Lincoln Cathedral. His mother, Magdalen, daughter and heiress of Kenelm Digby, Esq., of North Luffenham in Rutland, claimed to be the representative of the extinct male line of the historic Sir Everard and Sir Kenelm Digby. His father dying in 1782, Henry was sent two years later by his mother to Oxford. He became a commoner of Magdalen College, where he took his B.A. degree in 1788 and his M.A. in 1781. He was afterward elected to a fellowship, which he resigned when the family estates came to him on the death of his mother. In September, 1791, he took deacon's orders in the Anglican church, and a little later retired to Lincoln, displaying great activity there as a preacher. Doubts about the spiritual authority of the Established Church sprang up in his mind, which were strengthened by intercourse with the Abbé Beaumont, then in charge of the small Catholic chapel at Lincoln. The result was that he was received into the Catholic Church by Rev. Mr. Hodgson, Vicar-General of the London district, 26 May, 1798. In 1800, he married Sarah, daughter of Edward Sealy, Esq., and was the father of the well-known author, John Richard Digby Beste. His first works were a treatise entitled "The Christian Religion briefly defended against the Philosophers and Republicans of France (octavo, 1793), and in the same year a discourse on "Priestly Absolution" which was republished in 1874. It is interesting that this latter work anticipated some of the Tractarian arguments and met with the warm commendation of the chief members of the University of Oxford in 1794. After his conversion Beste was an occasional contributor to Catholic periodicals. He also travelled abroad and spent several years in France and Italy. Cardinal Wiseman met him at Rome in the Jubilee of 1825, and mentions him in his "Last Four Popes" (Boston, 1858), p. 245). In 1826 Best English Family's Residence there during that period, preceded by some account of the Conversion of the Author to the Catholic Faith" (octavo). Two years later he wrote a similar book on his stay in Italy. Ten years after his death appeared his last work, called "Poverty and the Baronet's Family, a Catholic Story" (12mo, 1846).
    GILLOW, Bibl. Dict. Eng. Cath., s. v.; KENT in Dict. Nat. Biog., IV, 416.
    EDWARD P. SPILLANE
    Transcribed by Anita Gorman

The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume VIII. — New York: Robert Appleton Company. . 1910.


Catholic encyclopedia.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Henry Digby Beste — was an aristocratic convert to Catholicism, seen as a precursor to the Oxford Movement. [ [http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/02529a.htm Catholic Encyclopedia Article] ] References …   Wikipedia

  • Henry Digby — may refer to:* Henry Digby, 1st Earl Digby (died 1793) * Henry Digby (admiral) (Sir), (1770 ndash;1842), British naval officer, who served in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars in the Royal Navy * Henry Noel Kenelm Digby (born 1954),… …   Wikipedia

  • Beste, Henry Digby — • Miscellaneous author (1768 1836) Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006 …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Beste — is a surname, and may refer to: * Peter Beste (documentary photographer) * Henry Digby Beste * Knutsen Ludvigsens BesteIt may also refer to:*Beste (Turkish music), a vocal genre in Ottoman classical musicee also* Bester * Bestor * Best (surname) …   Wikipedia

  • List of Stonyhurst alumni/ae — This article lists notable alumni/ae of Stonyhurst College in Lancashire, England, and its linear antecedents at St Omers, Bruges and Liege.cite web url=http://www.stonyhurst.ac.uk author=Stonyhurst College title=Alumni of the school date=2006… …   Wikipedia

  • Marine Engineering and Research Institute — (MERI/DMET), Calcutta Established August 1949 Type Autonomous research and training institute Principal (Director in charge) M. K. Ghosh, C. Eng …   Wikipedia

  • Marine Engineering and Research Institute, MUMBAI — The Marine Engineering and Research Institute (MERI, mumbai), formerly known asthe Directorate of Marine Engineering Training (DMET), is India s national institute for the training of marine officers and engineers. MERI offers a three year… …   Wikipedia

  • Diocese of Menevia —     Diocese of Menevia     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► Diocese of Menevia     (MENEVENSIS)     Menevia is said to be derived from Menapia, the name of an ancient Roman settlement supposed to have existed in Pembrokeshire, or Hen Meneu (vetus rubus) …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • England [2] — England (Gesch.). I. Älteste Zeit bis zur Ankunft der Römer 55 v. Chr. Die ältesten Nachrichten über die Bewohner E s stammen von Pytheas (320–330 v. Chr.) her, dessen Landsleute, die Massilier, auf dem Landwege eine Handelsverbindung mit Ictis… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Navenby — Übersicht Koordinaten …   Deutsch Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”