Bligh was born in County Meath, Ireland and was younger brother of the 4th Earl of Darnley (1767–1831). The 4th Earl was also a keen amateur Kentish cricketer and great-grandfather of the England cricket captain Ivo Bligh (later the 8th Earl).
Educated at Eton College, Edward Bligh embarked on a military career in the 33rd Regiment of Foot, attaining the rank of General. Bligh represented Athboy in the Irish House of Commons from 1800 to the Act of Union in 1801.
Primarily a batsman, Bligh was also a useful bowler who made 93 known appearances in major cricket matches from the 1789 season to the 1813 season. Arthur Haygarth describes him as "one of the best gentlemen bats of his day".
- Arthur Haygarth, Scores & Biographies, Volume 1 (1744-1826), Lillywhite, 1862
- Scores & Biographies, Volume 1, page 102
- CricketArchive – scorecard of inaugural Gentlemen v Players match
- CricketArchive – scorecard of second Gentlemen v Players match
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Thomas Cherburgh Bligh
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1800 – 1801
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