Sir Richard Rodney Bligh

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
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


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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