William Bligh

1754 - 1817

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Vice-Admiral William Bligh (9 September 1754 – 7 December 1817) was an officer of the Royal Navy and a colonial administrator. The Mutiny on the Bounty occurred during his command of HMS Bounty in 1789; after being set adrift in Bounty's launch by the mutineers, Bligh and his loyal men all reached Timor alive, after a journey of 3,618 nautical miles (6,700 km; 4,160 mi). Bligh's logbooks documenting the mutiny were inscribed on the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World register on 26 February 2021.Seventeen years after the Bounty mutiny, on 13 August 1806, he was appointed Governor of New South Wales in Australia, with orders to clean up the corrupt rum trade of the New South Wales Corps. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Bligh has received more than 1,616,812 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). William Bligh is the 521st most popular military personnel (down from 387th in 2019), the 1,019th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 753rd in 2019) and the 20th most popular British Military Personnel.

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Among military personnels, William Bligh ranks 521 out of 1,466Before him are Prince Charles Alexander of Lorraine, Louis Franchet d'Espèrey, Jean Maximilien Lamarque, Hans Speidel, Mikhail Alekseyev, and Bob Denard. After him are Walter Rauff, Nogi Maresuke, Fritz Bayerlein, Ante Gotovina, Jisaburō Ozawa, and Claude Victor-Perrin, Duc de Belluno.

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Among people born in 1754, William Bligh ranks 16Before him are Antoine Destutt de Tracy, Georg Forster, Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier, Louis de Bonald, Bon-Adrien Jeannot de Moncey, and Princess Amalie of Hesse-Darmstadt. After him are Catherine-Dominique de Pérignon, Joseph Joubert, Salawat Yulayev, Jean-Baptiste Regnault, Salomon Maimon, and Usman dan Fodio. Among people deceased in 1817, William Bligh ranks 14Before him are Martin Heinrich Klaproth, Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, Princess Charlotte of Wales, Abraham Gottlob Werner, Theroigne de Mericourt, and Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin. After him are Fyodor Ushakov, Karl Theodor Anton Maria von Dalberg, Nakşidil Sultan, Étienne Méhul, Usman dan Fodio, and Andrea Appiani.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, William Bligh ranks 1,019 out of 6,924Before him are John William Polidori (1795), Michael Palin (1943), Hugh Griffith (1912), Margaret Rutherford (1892), Mike Hailwood (1940), and Margaret Burbidge (1919). After him are Dave Gahan (1962), Anna Atkins (1799), A. J. Ayer (1910), George Vancouver (1757), Clive Owen (1964), and Stephen Hales (1677).