Edward Bligh, 2nd Earl of Darnley

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Edward Bligh, 2nd Earl of Darnley (9 November 1715 22 July 1747) was an Irish peer born of an English family who resided in Kent.

Peer of the realm

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Kent County of England

Kent is a county in South East England and one of the home counties. It borders Greater London to the north west, Surrey to the west and East Sussex to the south west. The county also shares borders with Essex along the estuary of the River Thames, and with the French department of Pas-de-Calais through the Channel Tunnel. The county town is Maidstone.

The eldest son of John Bligh, 1st Earl of Darnley and Lady Theodosia Hyde, Baroness Clifton, he was educated at Westminster and at Geneva. He succeeded his mother as Baron Clifton in 1722 and, in 1728, his father as Earl of Darnley.

Theodosia Bligh, 10th Baroness Clifton English peer, born Theodosia Hyde

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Westminster School school in Westminster, London, England

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Baron Clifton

Baron Clifton, of Leighton Bromswold in the County of Huntingdon, is a title in the Peerage of England. It was created in 1608 for Sir Gervase Clifton. The peerage was created by writ, which means that it can descend through both male and female lines. Lord Clifton died without surviving male issue and was succeeded by his daughter Katherine, the second Baroness. She married Esmé Stewart, 3rd Duke of Lennox. They were both succeeded by their eldest son James, the fourth Duke and third Baron. When he died the titles passed to his son, the fifth Duke and fourth Baron. On his death in 1660 at the age of 11 the barony separated from the dukedom. The barony was inherited by the late Duke's sister Mary, the fifth Baroness. She married Richard Butler, 1st Earl of Arran, but died aged only 18. She was succeeded by her first cousin the sixth Duke of Lennox, who became the sixth Baron Clifton as well. He was the son of Lord George Stuart, fourth son of the third Duke and the second Baroness Clifton. On his death the barony and dukedom again separated.

Lord Darnley was a Grand Master of Freemasons (1737 to 1738), elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (in 1737) and in 1742 was appointed a Lord of the Bedchamber to the Prince of Wales: a position that he held until his death. He was one of the Whigs who, under the auspices of William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath, opposed Robert Walpole's office. Although he never married, he is reputed to have been the lover of the popular Irish actress Margaret Woffington.

Fellow of the Royal Society Elected Fellow of the Royal Society, including Honorary, Foreign and Royal Fellows

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A Lord of the Bedchamber, previously known as a Gentleman of the Bedchamber, was a courtier in the Royal Household of the King of the United Kingdom and the Prince of Wales. A Gentleman of the Bedchamber's duties originally consisted of assisting the King with his dressing, waiting on him when he ate in private, guarding access to him in his bedchamber and closet and providing companionship. The offices were in the gift of The Crown and were originally sworn by Royal Warrant directed to the Lord Chamberlain. From 1660, the first Lord of the Bedchamber was Groom of the Stool.

Prince of Wales title granted to princes born in Wales

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According to Westminster Abbey's Funeral Book and Burke's Peerage he died at Cobham Hall, the family seat, and was buried in Westminster Abbey on 1 August 1747, aged 31. [2]

Burkes Peerage genealogy guide of the Peerage and Landed Gentry of the United Kingdom

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Cobham Hall is an independent day and boarding school for girls in Cobham, Kent. The school is housed in a Tudor era manor, which is now Grade I listed, and sits in 150 acres of historic parkland on the edge of the Kent Downs. It is a Round Square school and a member of the Girls' Schools Association. The School featured in the film Wild Child in 2008, as the fictional school that the characters attended, called Abbey Mount.

Westminster Abbey Church in London

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  1. Debrett's Peerage, 1968, p.322
  2. www.burkespeerage.com
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Theodosia Bligh
Baron Clifton
Succeeded by
John Bligh
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
John Bligh
Earl of Darnley
Succeeded by
John Bligh
Masonic offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Loudoun
Grand Master of the Premier Grand Lodge of England
Succeeded by
Marquess of Carnarvon