Sir Richard Rodney Bligh

RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth8.11.1737 - Gosport TRN3
First Known Service1750TRN3
FatherRichard Bligh (1713-1748)EWIKI
WifeMary Golightly (1745-1834)EWIKI
WifeAnn Worsley (1744-1797)EWIKI
SonGeorge Miller Bligh (1780-1834)EWIKI
NephewSir John Bligh (1770-1831)ref:616
BrotherJohn Bligh (1735-1795)ref:616
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
22.10.17621764Virgin (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 
1.1.17801782Nemesis (28), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/22/74BWAS-1714
3.17823.1783Asia (64), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
20.10.1782 Battle of Cape Spartel 
10.17872.1788Pegase (74), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
28.8.179017.1.1791Dictator (64), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
5.17946.11.1794Alexander (74), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
23.10.1794 Rear-Admiral of the BlueCSORN
1.6.1795 Rear-Admiral of the RedCSORN
1796 Appointed Commander-in-Chief — JamaicaHJ-DB
14.2.1799 Vice-Admiral of the WhiteCSORN
1.1.1801 Vice-Admiral of the RedCSORN
11.18032.1804Roebuck (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: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
HJ-DBHistoric JamaicaFrank CundallBook
TKE1The Knights of England. A complete record Vol IWilliam Arthur Shaw and George Dames BurtchaellDigital Book

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