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Ivo Francis Walter Bligh
Birth: Mar. 13, 1859
Greater London, England
Death: Apr. 10, 1927
Kent, England

Cricketer. He was the 8th Earl of Darnley and captained the English team in the first Ashes Test series. He had a successful cricketing career with first Kent and then Cambridge University from 1877 to 1881, before captaining the English national team for the 1882 and 1883 seasons. The ashes of a burned cricket stump were sent to Australia to symbolize the death of English cricket after the English team lost to Australia at The Oval in 1882, and the following winter he captained the English team that toured Australia in a successful attempt to reclaim them. After the English victory a group of Melbourne women presented him with a terracotta urn holding the Ashes, and this now symbolises the Ashes series. He is commemorated by a verse written on the urn which reads "When Ivo goes back with the urn, the urn; Studds, Steel, Read and Tylecote return, return; The welkin will ring loud, the great crowd will feel proud, Seeing Barlow and Bates with the urn, the urn; And the rest coming home with the urn". After retiring as a player he served as president of the Marylebone Cricket Club in 1900 and of the Kent County Cricket Club in 1892 and 1902. He succeeded his father as Earl of Darnley in 1900, and became the representative peer for Ireland in 1905, holding the post until his death. When he died the urn containing the Ashes was presented to Lords Cricket Club by his widow, and is held in its museum. (bio by: js) 
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  Florence Rose Morphy Bligh (____ - 1944)*
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St Mary Magdalene New Churchyard
Gravesham Borough
Kent, England
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Record added: Mar 16, 2009
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