'Bligh1'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Bligh of Brittas, Bligh of Darnley, Bligh of Rathmore

William Bligh of Plymouth
1. John Bligh of London then Rathmore, co Meath (bpt 23.02.1616-7, 3rd son, d 03.11.1666)
  m. Catherine Fuller (d before 08.12.1669, sister of William Fuller, Bishop of Lincoln)
  A. Thomas Bligh of Rathmore (b c1654, d 28.08.1710, MP)
  m. (09.12.1682) Elizabeth Naper (d 21.03.1736-7, dau of James Naper of Loughcrew)
  i. John Bligh of Rathmore, 1st Earl of Darnley (d 12.09.1728)
  m. (24.08.1713) Theodosia Hyde, Baroness Clifton of Leighton Bromswold (b 09.11.1695, d 30.07.1722, dau of Edward Hyde, 3rd Earl of Clarendon)
a. George Bligh (b 31.10.1714, d infant)
  b. Edward Bligh, 2nd Earl of Darnley (b 09.11.1715, d unm 22.07.1747)
  c. John Bligh, 3rd Earl of Darnley (b 28.09.1719, d 31.07.1781)
  m. (11.09.1766) Mary Stoyte (d 27.03.1803, dau of John Stoyte of Street)
  (1) John Bligh, 4th Earl of Darnley (b 30.06.1767, d 17.03.1831)
  m. (26.08.1791) Elizabeth Brownlow (d 22.12.1831, dau of William Brownlow of Lurgan)
  (A) Edward Bligh, 5th Earl of Darnley (b 25.02.1795, d 12.02.1835, 2nd son) had issue
  m. (26.07.1825) Emma Jane Parnell (d 15.03.1884, dau of Sir Henry Parnell, later Lord Congleton)
(B) Sir John Duncan Bligh (b 11.10.1798, d 08.05.1872) had issue (1 dau)
  m1. (19.12.1835) Elizabeth Mary Gisborne (d 22.07.1837, dau of Thomas Gisborne)
  m2. (28.11.1865) Anne Julia Brownlow (dsp 19.07.1882, dau of Rev. Francis Brownlow)
  (C) Mary Bligh (b 01.06.1796, d 18.06.1823)
  m. (01.06.1822) Charles Brownlow,1st Lord Lurgan (b 17.04.1795, d 30.04.1857)
  (D) Elizabeth Bligh (d 13.11.1872)
  m. (19.07.1833) Rev. John Brownlow
  (E)+ other issue - John (b 22.05.1793, d 03.06.1793), William (b 25.05.1797, d 18.10.1807), Catherine (b 18.06.1792, d 10.01.1812)
(2) Edward Bligh (b 19.09.1769, dsp 02.11.1840, General)
  (3) William Bligh (b 25.09.1775, d 06.08.1845, Colonel) had issue
  m. (21.07.1806) Sophia Stewart (d 1809, dau of John Stewart, 7th Earl of Galloway)
  (4) Mary Bligh (dsps 04.03.1796)
  m. (07.08.1789) Sir Lawrence Palk, 2nd Bart (d 20.06.1813)
  (5) Theodosia Bligh (d 21.01.1840)
  m. (03.11.1790) Thomas Cherburgh Bligh (d 17.09.1830) @@ below
(6) Sarah Bligh (b 10.02.1772, bur 12.04.1797)
  (7) Catherine Bligh (b 06.05.1774, d 11.02.1812)
  m. (08.08.1804) Charles William Stewart, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry (b 18.05.1778, d 06.03.1854)
  d. Mary Bligh (d 27.04.1748)
  m. (03.1736) William Tighe of Rosanna (d 1766)
  e. Anne Bligh (d 07.02.1789)
  m1. (17.09.1742) Robert Hawkins-Magill of Gill Hill (d 1745)
  m2. (12.1748) Bernard Ward, 1st Viscount Bangor (b 08.1719, d 20.05.1781)
  f. Theodosia Bligh (b c1723, d 20.05.1777)
  m. (11.1745) William Crosbie, 1st Earl of Glandore (b 05.1716, d 11.04.1781)
ii. Thomas Bligh of Brittas (b 14.08.1693, dsp 08.1775, Lt. General, MP)
  m1. (19.08.1737) Elizabeth Bury (d 23.03.1759, sister of William Bury of Shannon Grove)
  m2. (10.1760) Frances Jones (sister of Theophilus Jones)
  iii. Robert Bligh (Dean of Elphin)
  m1. (07.1742) Catherine Elliot (d 15.01.1757, widow of Charles Boyle of Arraghlin Bridge)
  m2. (18.03.1759) (Frances) Winthrop of London
  There is an indication in BLGI1912 that Robert's 2nd wife was mother of his children but this is not clear. However, TCP (vol XI, Roden) confirms that Frances was mother of Frances.
  a. Thomas Cherburgh Bligh of Brittas, co Meath (d 17.09.1830) had issue
  m. Theodosia Bligh (d 21.01.1840, dau of John Bligh, 3rd Earl of Darnley) @@ above
  (1) Thomas Bligh (dvpsp, Captain)
  m. Helena Paterson (d 07.04.1869, dau of Col. Thomas Paterson, m2. William, 4th Earl of Mornington)
  (2) Edward Bligh of Brittas (b 1779, d 11.04.1872) had issue
  m. (1827) Sophia Eversfield (dau of Charles Eversfield of Denne Park)
  (3) Charles Bligh (b 15.12.1808, d 1892) had issue
  m. (17.07.1837) Fanny Catherine Parker (d 07.01.1894, dau of Sir William George Parker, Bart)
  (4) Frances Bligh
m. (23.01.1830) George Vicessimus Wigram (dsp 01.01.1879)
  (5) Sarah Bligh (d unm)
  (6) Elizabeth Bligh
  m1. (1828) John Cuming (d 01.08.1831)
  m2. (10.05.1838) John Fountain Elwin
  b. Robert Bligh (dsp)
c. Frances Theodosia Bligh (d 22.05.1802)
  m. (05.02.1788) Robert (Jocelyn), 2nd Earl of Roden (d 29.06.1840)
  d. Katherine Bligh
  m. (20.12.1798 (1792?)) Hugh Howard (d 03.11.1840)
  iii. Sarah Bligh
  m. (01.04.1733) William Gore of Woodford (dsp before 20.11.1769)
  iv. Elizabeth Bligh probably of this generation
  m. George St. George of Woodsgift (b 1682)
  v. Dorothy Bligh probably of this generation
  m. William Monck of the Middle Temple (bpt 27.10.1692)
  B. Sarah Bligh probably of this generation
  m. (1697, sp?) Thomas Ashe of St. John's (d 28.01.1722)

Main source(s): BP1934 (Darnley) with input from BLGI1912 (Bligh of Brittas)
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