Edward Bligh, 5th Earl of Darnley

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Edward Bligh, 5th Earl of Darnley FRS (25 February 1795 – 12 February 1835), styled Lord Clifton until 1831, was a British peer and politician.

Background[edit]

Darnley was the second but eldest surviving son of John Bligh, 4th Earl of Darnley, and Elizabeth Brownlow, daughter of William Brownlow.[1] He was educated at Eton College and Christ Church College, Oxford, where he took degrees of Bachelor of Arts (BA) in 1816 and Master of Arts (MA) in 1819.[2]

Political career[edit]

Darnley was returned to Parliament for Canterbury in 1818, a seat he held until 1830[3] for the Whig party.[2] In 1831 he succeeded his father in the earldom and took his seat in the House of Lords. He also served as Lord Lieutenant of County Meath between 1831 and 1835.[1][4] He became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1833.[2]

Family[edit]

Engraving after Sir Thomas Lawrence of Hon. Emma Jane Parnell, (wife to 5th Earl).

Lord Darnley married the Hon. Emma Jane, daughter of Henry Parnell, 1st Baron Congleton, in 1825. They had three sons and two daughters. He died of lockjaw after an axe injury when felling timber on his estate at Cobham House, Kent, in February 1835, aged 39, and was buried at Cobham.[2] He was succeeded in the earldom by his eldest son, John Stuart Bligh, 6th Earl of Bligh. Lady Darnley died in March 1884.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Edward Bligh, 5th Earl of Darnley". The Peerage. 22 February 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d The Complete Peerage, Volume III. St Catherine's Press. 1916. p. 85. 
  3. ^ leighrayment.com
  4. ^ leighrayment.com

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Baker
Stephen Rumbold Lushington
Member of Parliament for Canterbury
1818–1830
With: Stephen Rumbold Lushington
Succeeded by
Richard Watson
Viscount Fordwich
Honorary titles
New office Lord Lieutenant of Meath
1831–1835
Succeeded by
The Lord Dunsany
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
John Bligh
Earl of Darnley
1831–1835
Succeeded by
John Stuart Bligh