9 September – On this day

William Bligh was born on this day in 1754 but it is not clear where. It is likely that he was born in Plymouth, Devon, where Bligh’s father, Francis, was serving as a Customs Officer. Bligh’s ancestral home of Tinten Manor in St Tudy near Bodmin, Cornwall, is also a possibility.

Vice Admiral of the Blue William Bligh, was an officer of the British Royal Navy and a colonial administrator. A historic mutiny occurred during his command of HMS Bounty in 1789; Bligh and his loyal men made a remarkable voyage to Timor, 3,618 nautical miles (6,701 km; 4,164 mi), after being set adrift in the Bounty’s launch by the mutineers.

Fifteen years after the Bounty mutiny, he was appointed Governor of New South Wales in Australia, with orders to clean up the corrupt rum trade of the New South Wales Corps. His activities resulted in the so-called Rum Rebellion, during which Bligh was again placed under arrest and deposed from his command.

The arrest of Governor Bligh
The arrest of Governor Bligh