William Bligh

1754 - 1817

William Bligh

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). 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 1,362,904 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 384th most popular military personnel.

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Among military personnels, William Bligh ranks 386 out of 1,194Before him are Carl Gustaf Wrangel, Qutayba ibn Muslim, Bronislav Kaminski, James Paul Moody, Johannes Frießner, and Mamai. After him are Hermann Balck, Jan Kubiš, Armando Diaz, Ernst von Mansfeld, Honda Tadakatsu, and Franz Böhme.

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Among people born in 1754, William Bligh ranks 10Before him are Joseph Proust, Ferdinand Karl, Archduke of Austria-Este, Madame Roland, Seraphim of Sarov, Jacques Pierre Brissot, and Bon-Adrien Jeannot de Moncey. After him are Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier, Frederick I of Württemberg, Georg Forster, Princess Amalie of Hesse-Darmstadt, Catherine-Dominique de Pérignon, and Antoine Destutt de Tracy. Among people deceased in 1817, William Bligh ranks 12Before him are Martin Heinrich Klaproth, Karađorđe, Marie Walewska, Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, Abraham Gottlob Werner, and Princess Charlotte of Wales. After him are Theroigne de Mericourt, Fyodor Ushakov, Nakşidil Sultan, Karl Theodor Anton Maria von Dalberg, Étienne Méhul, and Andrea Appiani.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, William Bligh ranks 754 out of 5,347Before him are James Paul Moody (1887), Ronald George Wreyford Norrish (1897), Tom Simpson (1937), John Frederic Daniell (1790), Elizabeth Blackwell (1821), and Olave Baden-Powell (1889). After him are Thomas Cavendish (1560), Malcolm IV of Scotland (1141), Jane Seymour (1951), Edgar F. Codd (1923), Robert FitzRoy (1805), and Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild (1868).


Among military personnels born in United Kingdom, William Bligh ranks 12Before him are John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough (1650), Rudolf Abel (1903), John Franklin (1786), Harold Lowe (1882), John Hawkins (1532), and James Paul Moody (1887). After him are Edmund Allenby, 1st Viscount Allenby (1861), Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis (1738), John Hanning Speke (1827), Harold Alexander, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis (1891), Gertrude Bell (1868), and Woodes Rogers (1679).

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