William Bligh

William Bligh (1754 - 1817)

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Vice Adm William Bligh
Born in St Tudy, Cornwall, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 4 Feb 1781 in Douglas, Isle of Manmap
Descendants descendants
Died in 25 Bond Street, London, England, United Kingdommap
Profile last modified 2 Aug 2019 | Created 29 Jul 2014
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Preceded by
Captain Philip Gidley King RN
4th Governor of New South Wales
13 Aug 1806 to 26 Jan 1808 Badge of the Governor of New South Wales
Succeeded by
Major-General Lachlan Macquarie CB

Biography

William Bligh is Notable.

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.[1]

Vice-Admiral William Bligh was born on 9 September 1754 at Plymouth, Devon, England.[2] He was the son of Francis Bligh and Jane Balsam.[3] He was baptised on 4 October 1754 at St. Andrew's Church, Plymouth, Devon, England.[4]

He married Elizabeth Betham, daughter of Richard Betham and Mary Campbell, on 4 February 1781 at Douglas, Isle of Man.[5]

He died on 6 December 1817 at age 63 at London, England.[6]

Children of Vice-Admiral William Bligh and Elizabeth Betham[7]:

  1. Harriet Maria Bligh b. 15 Nov 1781, d. 26 Feb 1856
  2. Mary Bligh b. 1783, d. 4 Dec 1864
  3. Elizabeth Bligh b. 24 Mar 1786, d. 17 Jul 1854
  4. Jane Bligh b. 11 May 1788, d. 1875
  5. Frances Bligh b. 11 May 1788, d. 1862
  6. Anne Campbell Bligh b. 1791, d. 1 Nov 1843
  7. William Bligh b. 1795, d. 1795
  8. Henry Bligh b. 1795, d. 1795

Sources

  1. William Bligh: Wikipedia entry
  2. Glynn Christian, Fragile Paradise: The discovery of Fletcher Christian, Bounty mutineer, 2nd ed. (U.S.A.: Bounty Books, 2005), page 53.
  3. Matthew H.C.G., editor, Dictionary of National Biography on CD-ROM (Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press, 1995).
  4. Glynn Christian, Fragile Paradise: The discovery of Fletcher Christian, Bounty mutineer, 2nd ed. (U.S.A.: Bounty Books, 2005), page 53.
  5. George Snell, online unknown url, George Snell (No longer available online), downloaded 29 August 2005.
  6. George Snell, online unknown url, George Snell (No longer available online), downloaded 29 August 2005.
  7. Montgomery-Massingberd, Hugh. Burke's Irish Family Records. London, U.K.: Burkes Peerage Ltd, 1976.


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