Edward Bligh (1769 - 1840)

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Edward Bligh (19 September 1769 – 2 November 1840), styled The Honourable from birth, was an Irish politician, a noted amateur cricketer and a prominent early member of the Marylebone Cricket Club.

Bligh was born in County Meath, Ireland. He was a brother of the 4th Earl of Darnley (1767–1831). The 4th Earl was another keen amateur cricketer and was a direct ancestor of the England cricket captain Ivo Bligh (later the 8th Earl). Educated at Eton College, Edward Bligh embarked on a military career, attaining general rank within the 33rd Regiment of Foot. Bligh represented Athboy in the Irish House of Commons from 1800 to the Act of Union in 1801.

Primarily a batsman, Bligh was also a useful bowler who made 93 known appearances in major cricket matches from the 1789 season to the 1813 season. Arthur Haygarth describes him as "one of the best gentlemen bats of his day".

Bligh played for the Gentlemen in the inaugural and second Gentlemen v Players matches in 1806. He died at Thames Ditton, Surrey.

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