Charles Howard, 1st Earl of Nottingham (1536-1624) was an English statesman and admiral. He was since 1575 Knight of the Garter. On 8 July 1585 Howard was appointed Lord High Admiral. A year later he was involved in the trial of Mary Stuart.
George Digby, 2nd Earl of Bristol (1612 − 1677), was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1640 until 1641 when he was raised to the House of Lords.
Philip and his older brother William were the ‘incomparable pair of brethren’ to whom the First Folio of Shakespeare’s collected works was dedicated in 1623.