Digges was born in Barham, Kent, some time in 1583, and died at Chilham, Kent on 18 March 1639. His father was the celebrated mathematician Thomas Digges; his younger brother Leonard was a poet and friend of Shakespeare. Digges attended University College, Oxford, graduating BA in 1601. As a Young man he spent some time at Court and was at first friendly with the new king James I and VI, who knighted him 1607, but by 1614 Digges had fallen out with the Court and was briefly imprisoned for offending the monarch. He then briefly entered the service of the Earl of Somerset. In 1618 Digges went to Russia as an emissary of the East India and Muscovy Companies to arrange a loan to the Tsar of Russia, but was unsuccessful in his mission. In 1620 he was one of the negotiators sent by the East India Company to the Netherlands to negotiate with the Dutch East India Company in order to settle the trade rivalry between the two companies, but this mission too was a failure.
From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.