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William Bligh

1754 - 1817

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Vice-Admiral William Bligh (9 September 1754 – 7 December 1817) was a British officer in the Royal Navy and a colonial administrator. He is best known for the mutiny on HMS Bounty, which occurred in 1789 when the ship was under his command. After being set adrift in Bounty's launch by the mutineers, Bligh and those loyal to him all reached Timor alive, after a journey of 3,618 nautical miles (6,700 km; 4,160 mi). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Bligh has received more than 2,172,256 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). William Bligh is the 493rd most popular military personnel (up from 521st in 2019), the 955th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 1,018th in 2019) and the 16th most popular British Military Personnel.

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Among military personnels, William Bligh ranks 493 out of 1,468Before him are Lucius Artorius Castus, Dmitry Pozharsky, Hans Baur, Gottfried Heinrich Graf zu Pappenheim, Lazare Hoche, and Pierre Cambronne. After him are Norman Schwarzkopf Jr., Jan Pieterszoon Coen, Duško Popov, Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock, Tamon Yamaguchi, and Harold Lowe.

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Among people born in 1754, William Bligh ranks 14Before him are Madame Roland, Frederick I of Württemberg, Princess Amalie of Hesse-Darmstadt, Bon-Adrien Jeannot de Moncey, Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier, and Georg Forster. After him are Louis de Bonald, Antoine Destutt de Tracy, Catherine-Dominique de Pérignon, Salawat Yulayev, Usman dan Fodio, and Jean-Antoine Marbot. Among people deceased in 1817, William Bligh ranks 13Before him are Marie Walewska, Martin Heinrich Klaproth, Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, Princess Charlotte of Wales, Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin, and Theroigne de Mericourt. After him are Fyodor Ushakov, Karl Theodor Anton Maria von Dalberg, Nakşidil Sultan, Abraham Gottlob Werner, Usman dan Fodio, and Étienne Méhul.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, William Bligh ranks 955 out of 7,765Before him are John Berger (1926), John Hawkwood (1320), Michael Palin (1943), Ian McDiarmid (1944), Ron Dennis (1947), and Michael Smith (1932). After him are Adam Ferguson (1723), E. E. Evans-Pritchard (1902), Keith Emerson (1944), Duncan Edwards (1936), Reginald Pole (1500), and Princess Muna al-Hussein (1941).


Among military personnels born in United Kingdom, William Bligh ranks 16Before him are Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis (1738), John Franklin (1786), Edmund Allenby, 1st Viscount Allenby (1861), John Hanning Speke (1827), John Hawkins (1532), and James Paul Moody (1887). After him are Harold Lowe (1882), Paddy Roy Bates (1921), Jack Phillips (1887), Harold Alexander, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis (1891), Woodes Rogers (1679), and Archibald Wavell, 1st Earl Wavell (1883).