The Bligh Family

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From Wikipedia:

Reverend Henry Bligh (10 June 1834 – 4 March 1905) was an English clergyman and cricketer. He played eight first-class cricket matches between 1853 and 1860, five for Kent County Cricket Club, two for the Gentlemen of Kent and one for Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). Bligh was born in Westminster, the fifth child of Edward Bligh, 5th Earl of Darnley and his wife Emma Parnell.

The Darnley family lived at Cobham Hall near Gravesend in Kent and was closely associated with Kent cricket and Bligh’s two brothers, John Bligh, 6th Earl of Darnley and Edward Vesey Bligh both played the sport. John was President of Kent and MCC and his son, Ivo Bligh, 8th Earl of Darnley, played for Kent and captained England in their Ashes win in Australia in 1882/3. Bligh was vicar of Abingdon and then of St James’ Church, Hampton Hill between 1881 and 1893, where he was also the President of the cricket club. He left St James’ in 1893 as a result of “suffering from the strain of over-work” and moved to Holy Trinity Church in Fareham where he was vicar between 1893 and 1900. After retiring in 1900 he lived in Winchester but was buried at St James’ in Hampton Hill when he died in 1905.”

Julie Adams writes at

“One of the most interesting 20th century windows in Winchester Cathedral is by Christopher Whall, a stained glass artist working very much in the Arts and Crafts tradition, commending the idea that the designer should also be the fabricator. There is only one window in our cathedral made by him, and it is a memorial to Lieutenant Edward Henry Swinburne Bligh, who served as an officer in the Royal Naval Division and died at Gallipoli on 10th September 1915. He is buried in a cemetery named Lancashire Landing, on Cape Helles.

Edward’s father was the Rev the Hon Henry Vesey Bligh (1834-1905), 3rd son of the 5th Earl of Darnley, who served in the parish of St James in Hampton Hill, Middlesex, for many years before moving to Fareham Hampshire, and then retiring to Winchester. The Rev the Hon Henry Bligh was married firstly to Emma Armytage with whom he had two daughters, and secondly to the Hon Anne Elizabeth Dobrée Bligh (née Butler) in April 1883, with whom he had a son. By the time that son, Edward Henry Swinburne Bligh was killed in 1915, Anne had been a widow for over 10 years.
She lived at Priors Barton, close to the Hospital of St Cross; the 1911 census shows Edward was living there too, and she had three resident servants.

The subject matter for the window was carefully chosen to be a fitting memorial to Lieutenant Edward Bligh. There are three coats of arms at the top of the window, the one at the centre is for the Earls of Darnley (Azure, a griffin segreant or armed and langued gules between three crescents argent), the second is for his school, Clifton College in Bristol (Argent, a chevron between two trefoils slipped in chief and a garb in base azure, a chief gules thereon a ducal coronet or between two books argent, clasped and garnished gold), and the third is for the Inner Temple (Azure a pegasus salient argent), where he had trained to be a barrister on leaving Pembroke College, Cambridge, having first gained a degree in Natural Sciences.–first-world-medal-ernest-gillick/

The right hand panel is an unusual subject, that of St Hubert who is not frequently seen represented in church windows or sculptures. St Hubert is the patron saint of hunting…We have no evidence that Lieutenant Bligh was keen on hunting, but he was an avid cricket player, like many others in the Bligh family, and as there is no patron saint of cricket, the family may have felt that St Hubert was a near match to his interests.

Edward Bligh was born on 16th April 1884; Henry and his second wife, Anne, were to have just the one son, so he was brought up without siblings. Edward’s father was 49 when he was born, so when he died at age 70, Edward was just 21.

…The unit’s War Diary records that on 29 August 1915 Lt Bligh and Lt
Arthur Melland Asquith (third son of the Prime Minister Herbert Henry Asquith) went forward from the front line on reconnaissance…Lt Bligh had only gone a few feet when he was shot…CPO Flook, who went immediately to his aid, found he was unconscious and had a head wound…his wound proved fatal, and he died the following day. Edward Bligh was buried the day he died, 10th September 1915. His grave is named…Over 100 years have passed since Edward Henry Swinburne Bligh was killed in the Gallipoli offensive. His portrait glows in the early morning sun in the Cathedral, so we do continue to remember him.”

*”Julie Adams is a Cathedral Guide who trained in the winter of 2001/2002 and in 2003 joined a group of guides who, under Mary Callé’s direction, researched the windows and trained each other on the stained glass of the Cathedral.”!-farm-sold-for-more-than-double-the-original-pr-image234268280.html

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