Sir Richard Rodney Bligh


NationalityBritish 
RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth8.11.1737 - Gosport TRN3
First Known Service1750TRN3
FatherRichard Bligh (1713-1748)EWIKI
WifeAnn Worsley (1744-1797) - Married 1765EWIKI
WifeMary Golightly (1745-1834) - Married 28.6.1800EWIKI
DaughterHarriet Worsley [Ricketts] (1767-?)ref:950
DaughterAnne [Driffield] (1769-?)ref:950
DaughterElizabeth [Peard] (1771-?)ref:950
DaughterSophia Holmes [Carter] (1775-1817)ref:950
SonGeorge Miller Bligh (1780-1834)ref:950
NephewSir John Bligh (1770-1831)ref:616
BrotherJohn Bligh (1735-1795)ref:616
SisterSusanna (1739-?)ref:950
Last Known Service4.12.1813TRN3
Date of Death30.4.1821 - Belle Vue, SouthamptonODNB

Event History


Date fromDate toEventSource
8.11.1737 Baptized in Holy Trinity Church, GosportEWIKI
1750 Rainbow (44), Midshipmanref:616
1756 Ramillies (90), MidshipmanODNB
20.5.1756 Battle of Minorca 
30.9.1757 Lieutenant ADM 6/19/76CSORN
22.10.1762 Commander ADM 6/20/38CSORN
22.10.176211.5.1764Virgin (12), Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/20/38
Issued by Lord George Brydges Rodney (1st Baron Rodney) (1719-1792), Barbados
Commission confirmed 9.7.1764
BWAS-1714
27.10.17746.12.1777Wasp (8), Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/21/56BWAS-1714
6.12.1777 Captain ADM 6/21/342CSORN
6.12.17771.1.1780Camel (24), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/21/342BWAS-1714
31.12.1779 Affair of Fielding and Bylandt 
1.1.178023.3.1782Nemesis (28), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/22/74BWAS-1714
23.3.17823.4.1783Asia (64), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/22/432BWAS-1714
20.10.1782 Battle of Cape Spartel 
24.9.178713.2.1788Pegase (74), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/23/414BWAS-1714
24.8.179026.3.1791Dictator (64), Captain and Commanding Officer: On board from 28.8.1790 ADM 6/24/62BWAS-1714
20.3.179415.4.1794Excellent (74), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/25/21ADM 6/25
12.4.17946.11.1794Alexander (74), Captain and Commanding Officer: On board from 15.4.1794 ADM 6/25/29BWAS-1714
23.10.1794 Rear-Admiral of the Blue ADM 6/25/99CSORN
6.11.1794 Taken Prisonerref:676
5.1795 Released from captivityref:676
1.6.1795 Rear-Admiral of the Red ADM 6/25/179CSORN
1.6.179510.1799Brunswick (74), as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the Redref:676
16.6.179517.6.1795First Battle of Groix 
8.17961799Appointed Second in Command — Jamaicaref:676
14.2.1799 Vice-Admiral of the WhiteCSORN
10.1799 Regulus (44), as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral of the Whiteref:676
1.1.1801 Vice-Admiral of the RedCSORN
180323.4.1804Appointed Commander-in-Chief — Leithref:676
11.180323.4.1804Roebuck (44), as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral of the RedBWAS-1714
23.4.1804 Admiral of the BlueCSORN
28.4.1808 Admiral of the WhiteCSORN
4.12.1813 Admiral of the RedCSORN
16.5.1820 Appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the BathTKE1

Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
TRN3The Royal Navy : a history from the earliest times to the present Vol IIIWilliam Laid ClowesDigital Book
EWIKIWikipediaVariousWeb Site
ref:950Geni Family History
ref:616Who's Who in Nelson's NavyNicholas TracyBook
ODNBOxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
CSORNCommissioned Sea Officers of the Royal NavyDavid Bonner Smith / Syrett & DiNardoWeb Site
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/25ADM 6/25 Commission and Warrant Book 1794-1796 Apr.  Archive
ref:676More than Nelson Web Site
TKE1The Knights of England. A complete record Vol IWilliam Arthur Shaw and George Dames BurtchaellDigital Book

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