Authorised form of nameBligh; William (1754 - 1817)
Dates1754 - 1817
Dates and placesBirth:
St Tudy, Cornwall, England
St Andrew's Church, Plymouth (04 October 1754)
Bond Street, London (07 December 1817)
The eastern part of Lambeth churchyard, near the Tradescant tomb, by the side of his wife, Elizabeth Betham
Entered Royal Navy; Accompanied Captain Cook as sailing master in the Resolution on his 2nd voyage round the world (1772-1774) and discovered bread fruit in Otaheite; at the battle of Dogger Bank (05 August 1781); fought under Howe at Gilbralter (1782); appointed to the Bounty (1787) on an expedition to take bread fruit plants from Otaheite to West Indies; he and 18 of the crew were cast adrift after a mutiny, and reached Timor; Bligh finally returned to England (1790); Second expedition more successful and bread fruit brought to West Indies in HMS 'Providence'. Received gold medal from RSA. Commander; Post Captain; commanded Glatton at battle of Copenhagen (1801); Captain General (1805); Governor of New South Wales, but deposed and imprisoned by Major Johnstone; Rear Admiral of the Blue (1811)
Royal Society activityMembership:
Election Date:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB
Royal Society codeNA7421
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
MM/8/67Letter from Nevil Maskelyne, Soho Square, to Sir Joseph Banks26 May 1809
MM/19/121Letter from Joseph Banks to George Leonard Staunton15 February 1794
EC/1801/08Bligh, William: certificate of election to the Royal Society
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