Edward Bligh, 5th Earl of Darnley
Darnley was the second but eldest surviving son of John Bligh, 4th Earl of Darnley, and Elizabeth Brownlow, 3rd daughter of the Rt Hon. William Brownlow MP. He was educated at Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford, where he took degrees of Bachelor of Arts (BA) in 1816, proceeding Master of Arts (MA) in 1819.
Darnley was returned to the House of Commons representing Canterbury in 1818, a seat he held until 1830 for the Whig Party. 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, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1833.
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 Hall, Kent, in February 1835, aged 39, and was buried at Cobham. He was succeeded in the earldom by his eldest son, John Bligh, 6th Earl of Darnley.
His wife, Emma, Dowager Countess of Darnley, died in March 1884.
- Debrett's Peerage, 1968, p.322
- "Edward Bligh, 5th Earl of Darnley". The Peerage. 22 February 2011.
- The Complete Peerage, Volume III. St Catherine's Press. 1916. p. 85.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Earl of Darnley
- "Hon. Emma Jane Parnell" at The Peerage – portrait of Emma, Countess of Darnley
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