John Bligh, 3rd Earl of Darnley

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Arms of Bligh: Azure, a griffin segreant or armed and langued gules between three crescents argent[1]

John Bligh, 3rd Earl of Darnley (1 October 1719 – 31 July 1781), styled The Hon. John Bligh between 1721 and 1747, was a British parliamentarian.


Bligh was the son of John Bligh, 1st Earl of Darnley and Lady Theodosia Hyde, later Baroness Clifton (in her own right). He matriculated at Merton College on 13 May 1735 and was created MA on 13 July 1738.[2]

Political career

Bligh served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Maidstone from 1741 to 1747[3] and for Athboy in the Irish House of Commons from 1739 to 1747.


Lord Darnley married Mary Stoyte on 11 September 1766. They had seven children:[4]

External links

  • Portrait of Lord Darnley by Nathaniel Dauce Holland at


  1. ^ Debrett's Peerage, 1968, p.322
  2. ^ s:Alumni Oxonienses: the Members of the University of Oxford, 1715-1886/Bligh, John
  3. ^
  4. ^ Burke, Sir Bernard; Burke, Ashworth P. (1914). Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire. London: Harrison & Sons. p. 571.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Hon. Robert Fairfax
William Horsemonden-Turner
Member of Parliament for Maidstone
With: Hon. Robert Fairfax
Succeeded by
William Horsemonden-Turner
Lord Guernsey
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Robert Napper
Thomas Bligh
Member of Parliament for Athboy
With: Thomas Bligh
Succeeded by
William Napper
Thomas Bligh
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Edward Bligh
Earl of Darnley
Succeeded by
John Bligh

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