Bligh, Richard (1780-1838?) (DNB00)

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BLIGH, RICHARD (1780–1838?), chancery barrister, the son of John Bligh, cousin of Admiral William Bligh [q. v.], by his wife, Lucy Shuter, was educated at Westminster School and Trinity College, Cambridge. He graduated B.A. 1803, M.A. 1806, and became an equity draughtsman at the chancery bar. He had some practice, but was chiefly engaged in reporting in the House of Lords for several years. He married a daughter of his cousin, Admiral William Bligh.

His works, in the order of their publication, are: 1. ‘A Report of the Case of Bills of Exchange made payable at Bankers, as decided in the House of Lords,’ London, 1821. 2. ‘Reports of Cases heard in the House of Lords on Appeals and Writs of Error,’ 10 vols., 1823. 3. ‘A Digest of the Bankrupt Law,’ 1832. 4. ‘Bellum Agrarium; a Foreview of the Winter of 1835, suggested by the Poor Law Project, with Observations on the Report and the Bill,’ 1834. 5. ‘Reports of Cases in Bankruptcy’ (a work in which Bligh was aided by Basil Montagu), 1835.

[Welch's Alumni Westmonasterienses, p. 452; Brit. Mus. Catal.; Davy's Grad. Cantab. with manuscript additions, i. 49.]

J. M.