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Last NameBligh    
Given NameWilliam    
alt. NamesW. B. ; Lieut. / Captain W. B. / Guillaume Blight ;    
MarriageElizabeth Betham (c. 1754-1812) in 1781, of Glasgow, daughter of a customs officer on the Isle of Man & niece of Duncan Campbell, merchant, shipowner    
Childrenfour unmarried daughters    
Year born1754 in Plymouth    
Year died1817    
Place of deathFarningham in Kent    
Father's occupationboatman and land waiter in the British customs service, descending from a family settled in St Tudy, Cornwall, since 1680    
Education He first appeared on a naval muster roll as Captain’s Servant on HMS Monmouth at the age of 7, then trained as Midshipman    
Country of ActivityUnited Kingdom    
Worked forCaptain James Cook, who offered W. B. the chance to be Master of HMS Resolution at age 22 ;    
PatronageBritish Hydrographic Office; New South Wales (Governor 1806-1808)    
Collaboratorsnaturalist ->Georg Forster (1754-1794) ; cartographer Lieut. Henry Roberts ;    
Techniquesmaritime, topographical, and cartographical mapping and drawing ; hand-colouring    
Archival sourcesadb.anu.edu.au/biography/bligh-william-1797 www.royalnavalmuseum.org/info_sheets_william_bligh.htm www.nationalgeographic.de/entdecker/william-bligh    
Published sourcesDNB ; Australian Dictionary of Biography, 1 (1966) ; John Blake: Vermessung der Meere. Historische Seekarten (2007: 88 & 139) ;    
otherFor his experiences on sea cf. Narrative of the mutiny, on board His Majesty's ship Bounty, The log of H.M.S. Bounty, 1787-1789 & The log of H.M.S. Providence 1791-1793.    

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