Captain Philip Gidley King RN
|4th Governor of New South Wales
13 Aug 1806 to 26 Jan 1808
Major-General Lachlan Macquarie CB
Vice Admiral of the Blue William Bligh, FRS, RN (9 September 1754 – 7 December 1817) was an officer of the British Royal Navy and a colonial administrator. A historic mutiny occurred during his command of HMS Bounty in 1789; Bligh and his loyal men made a remarkable voyage to Timor, 3,618 nautical miles (6,701 km; 4,164 mi), after being set adrift in the Bounty's launch by the mutineers. Fifteen years after the Bounty mutiny, he was appointed Governor of New South Wales in Australia, with orders to clean up the corrupt rum trade of the New South Wales Corps, resulting in the so-called Rum Rebellion.
Vice-Admiral William Bligh was born on 9 September 1754 at Plymouth, Devon, England. He was the son of Francis Bligh and Jane Balsam. He was baptised on 4 October 1754 at St. Andrew's Church, Plymouth, Devon, England.
He married Elizabeth Betham, daughter of Richard Betham and Mary Campbell, on 4 February 1781 at Douglas, Isle of Man.
He died on 6 December 1817 at age 63 at London, England.
Children of Vice-Admiral William Bligh and Elizabeth Betham:
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