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Bond, Francis Godolphin (1765-1839)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 BND

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Bond, Francis Godolphin (1765-1839)

Date(s): [1774-1839]

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 4 files

Name of creator(s): Bond | Francis Godolphin | 1765-1839 | Rear-Admiral


Administrative/Biographical history:

Bond, whose mother, Catherine, was a half-sister of William (later Admiral) Bligh (1754-1817), entered the Navy as a captain's servant in 1774. In 1779 he was promoted to midshipman and in 1782 to lieutenant. On the recommendation of Bligh he was appointed First Lieutenant of the PROVIDENCE in 1791 and accompanied him on the second breadfruit voyage, 1791 to 1795. He held various further appointments as lieutenant, was made a commander in 1800 and a captain in 1802. He was made a rear-admiral in the general promotion of 1837.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Francis Godolphin Bond comprising forty letters from William Bligh to Bond, twenty-eight of which deal with the voyage of the PROVIDENCE, three with the mutiny on the BOUNTY and the remainder with Bligh's efforts to promote Bond's career. There are also letters from others on the PROVIDENCE and some notes by Bond on the voyage about Bligh .


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Please contact the Archive for further information.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Please contact the Archive for further information.

Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue online at the: National Maritime Museum website .


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The papers were purchased in 1958 through the Caird Fund from Lieutenant-General Sir Leopold Bond.


Publication note:

The documents have been used in George Mackaness ed., 'Fresh light on Bligh' (published privately, 1953).


Archivist's note: Edited by Sarah Drewery, Jun 2011.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: 2010-08-26

Mutiny | Crime
Ships | Vehicles | Transport

Personal names
Bligh | William | 1754-1817 | Vice Admiral
Bond | Francis Godolphin | 1765-1839 | Rear-Admiral

Corporate names
HMS Bounty
HMS Providence