John Bligh, 3rd Earl of Darnley
John Bligh, 3rd Earl of Darnley (1 October 1719 - 31 July 1781), styled The Honourable Robert Bligh between 1721 and 1747, was a British politician.


Bligh was the son of John Bligh, 1st Earl of Darnley and Theodosia Hyde, Baroness Clifton.

Political career

Bligh was a Member of Parliament
Member of Parliament
A Member of Parliament is a representative of the voters to a :parliament. In many countries with bicameral parliaments, the term applies specifically to members of the lower house, as upper houses often have a different title, such as senate, and thus also have different titles for its members,...

 (MP) for Maidstone
Maidstone (UK Parliament constituency)
Maidstone was a parliamentary constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.The parliamentary borough of Maidstone returned two Members of Parliament from 1552 until 1885, when its representation was reduced to one member...

 from 1741 to 1747 and for Athboy
Athboy (Parliament of Ireland constituency)
Athboy was a constituency in County Meath represented in the Irish House of Commons until 1800.-History:In the Patriot Parliament of 1689 summoned by King James II, Athboy was represented with two members.-1689–1801:...

 in the Irish House of Commons
Irish House of Commons
The Irish House of Commons was the lower house of the Parliament of Ireland, that existed from 1297 until 1800. The upper house was the House of Lords...

 from 1739 to 1748.


Lord Darnley married Mary Stoyte on 11 September 1766. They had five children:
  • John Bligh, 4th Earl of Darnley
    John Bligh, 4th Earl of Darnley
    John Bligh, 4th Earl of Darnley was a British peer and cricketer.He was the son of John Bligh, 3rd Earl of Darnley and succeeded his father as earl on the latter's death in 1781. He resided at Cobham Hall, near Gravesend in Kent....

     (30 June 1767 - 17 March 1831)
  • General Hon. Edward Bligh
    Edward Bligh
    Edward Bligh , styled The Honourable from birth, was an Irish politician, a noted amateur cricketer and a prominent early member of the Marylebone Cricket Club....

     (19 September 1769 - 2 November 1840)
  • Lady Theodosia Bligh (February 1771 - 21 January 1840)
  • Lady Catherine Bligh (born 1775, died 11 February 1812) who married Charles Stewart in 1804
  • Colonel Hon. William Bligh (25 September 1775 - 8 August 1845)

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