is a county
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in the Canadian
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province of Nova Scotia
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Taking its name from the Township of Digby http://www.townofdigby.ns.ca/main.html
, which had been named in honour of Rear Admiral Robert Digby who dispatched HMS Atlanta
to convey loyalists from New York City
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in the spring of 1783 to Conway, which became known as Digby, Digby County was established in 1837. Previously, from August 17, 1759, when Nova Scotia was first divided into counties, this area had been part of Annapolis County
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In 1861, Digby County was divided into two districts: the District of Digby
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and the District of Clare
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In addition to these 2 districts, the county contains the town of Digby
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and part of the Bear River
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Indian reserve. Also, there is Digby Neck leading into the Bay of Fundy
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to Long Island and Brier Island
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Highways and numbered routes that run through the district, including external routes that start or finish at the district limits:
The county's history is preserved at the Admiral Digby Museum
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as well as several community museums.
- Coline Campbell
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- Phil Comeau
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- Alfred Gilpin Jones
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- Herbert Ladd Jones
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- Sam Langford
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- John Elkanah Morton
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- George Nowlan
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- Henri Robicheau
- Adam Smith
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- Pop Smith
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- Robert Thibault
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- Marty Welch