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John Bligh, 3rd Earl of Darnley

Birthdate: (61)
Death: July 31, 1781 (61)
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Son of John Bligh, 1st Earl of Darnley and Theodosia Hyde, Baroness Clifton
Husband of Mary Bligh
Father of Edward Bligh; Theodosia Bligh; William Bligh, Gen. Hon; Catherine Bligh; John Bligh, 4th Earl of Darnley and 1 other
Brother of Lady Ann Bligh; Mary Bligh; Theodosia Crosbie, Lady; George Bligh; Lady Mary Bligh and 1 other

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About John Bligh, 3rd Earl of Darnley

Family and Education b. 1 Oct. 1719, 2nd s. of John Bligh, M.P. [I], 1st Earl of Darnley [I], by Theodosia Hyde, suo jure 10th Baroness Clifton of Leighton Bromswold, da. of Edward Hyde, M.P., 3rd Earl of Clarendon. educ. Westminster 1727-35; Merton, Oxf. 1735; Grand Tour (Italy) c.1740. m. 11 Sept. 1766, Mary, da. and h. of John Stoyte, barrister, of Street, co. Westmeath, 3s. 4da. suc. bro. Edward as 3rd Earl 22 July 1747.

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M.P. [I] 1739-47.

Biography Bligh’s father, a wealthy Irish landowner, married the heiress to large but financially encumbered Kentish estates, including Cobham Hall, then much dilapidated. Clearing the debts with the income from the Irish estates, he and his sons restored and extended Cobham Hall.1

Returned in 1741 for Maidstone on the Aylesford interest as an opposition Whig, he voted against the Government on the election of the chairman of the elections committee in December. After the appointment of his brother, Lord Darnley, to be gentleman of the bedchamber to the Prince of Wales in Oct. 1742, he attached himself to Leicester House, voting for the Hanoverians in 1744 and 1746. At the general election of 1747 he was one of the candidates ‘to be brought into Parliament by His Royal Highness who are not able to bring themselves in’. Put up for Tregony, paying his own election expenses,2 he was defeated and did not stand again. He died 31 July 1781.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754 Author: A. N. Newman Notes 1. E. Wingfield-Stratford, Lords of Cobham Hall, passim. 2. HMC Fortescue, i. 108, 119, 122.

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September 28, 1719
June 30, 1767
Age 47
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February 1771
Age 51
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September 25, 1775
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July 31, 1781
Age 61