Reverend Hon. Edward Vesey Bligh was born on 28 February 1829. He was the son of Edward Bligh 5th Earl of Darnley and Hon. Emma Jane Parnell. He married Lady Isabel Mary Frances Nevill, daughter of William Nevill 4th Earl of Abergavenny and Caroline Leeke, on 23 February 1854. He died on 22 April 1908 at age 79. Reverend Hon. Edward Vesey Bligh graduated from Cambridge University, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, with a Master of Arts (M.A.). He was with the Diplomatic Service. He was the Vicar at Birling, Kent, England. He held the office of Justice of the Peace (J.P.). He held the office of Deputy Lieutenant (D.L.). He lived at Fartherwell Hall, Kent, England (and in St. Leonards on Sea in 1867). Children of Reverend Hon. Edward Vesey Bligh and Lady Isabel Mary Frances Nevill; Rosalind Isabel Bligh d. 18 Mar 1953; Major Lodovick Edward Bligh b. 24 Nov 1854, d. 16 May 1924.
… The curate, the Honorable and Reverend Edward Vesey Bligh, wished to marry the daughter of William Nevill 4th Earl of Abergavenny – but his father in law insisted that she should marry a cleryman , so forcing Bligh to leave the Diplomatic Service for the Church. He spent a brief time at Snodland after his marriage in 1854…
Rev. E V Bligh was a famous cricketer, from a family of famous cricketers:
LIEUT. EDWARD HENRY SWINBURNE BLIGH (Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) was killed in action in the Dardanelles on September 10 1915, aged 31. He played cricket both at Clifton and Cambridge, but was not in either Eleven. A son of the late Rev. the Hon. Henry Bligh, he was a member of the well known Kent cricketing family. The present Earl of Darnley was his cousin, and the late Hon. the Rev. E. V. Bligh his uncle.
BLIGH, MR. LUDOVICK EDWARD, son of the Rev. the Hon. E. V. Bligh and first cousin of the Hon. Ivo Bligh (the present Earl of Darnley), was born at Dover, on November 24, 1854, and died at Minehead on May 16, aged 69. He was not in the Eleven either at Eton or Cambridge, but he appeared for Kent in ten games between 1878 and 1884, scoring 107 runs with an average of 7.64 and taking five wickets for 31.40 runs each. He was a useful batsman and bowled with success in club matches. He had been Master of the Minehead Harriers and M.F.H. of the Dulveston, South Berks, and East Kent packs.