Pitcairn - Find Person
"Fletcher Christian (25 September 1764 - 3 October 1793)
was a Master's mate on board the Bounty
during William Bligh's fateful voyage to Tahiti for breadfruit plants.
It was Christian who seized command of the Bounty from Bligh on April 28, 1789."
"Christian was descended from a very prominant family.
He was born at the farmstead of Moorland Close on 25 Sep 1764,
and was carried over the hill to nearby Brigham church
for baptism the same day.
Not far from Cumbria's Lake district, Moorland Close sits on the summet
of a gentle hill that slopes down to the river Derwent and the town of Cockermouth.
Moorland Close was inherited from the family of Christian's mother.
"The family had control of several other properties.
Christian's father was born and raised at Ewanrigg in Cumberland,
and his mother's mother, Mary Fletcher, was raised at Cockermouth Hall.
The ancestral properties also included lands at Douglas on the Isle of Man,
and it was this connection that suggests that Christian was a Manxman.
"According to Bligh, Christian was 5'9" tall, with very dark-brown complexion, dark-brown
hair, strong-made, bowlegged, of a nervous disposition, and subject to violent sweating. He
had a star tattooed on his left breast. He has been described as having a pleasing countenance
and was a commanding figure.
"He was distantly related to William Wordsworth.
A schoolmate, the local poet Isaac Wilkinson, described him
as 'mild, generous, open, humane, sincere, and quick of spirit'.
In general, even his detractors admit that he had a likeable personality.
"The fortunes of his family, unfortunately, suffered serious reversal. His father died, and his
mother was soon on the edge of bankruptcy, with Moorland Close about the be foreclosed.
Christian, at an age where he was looking for adventure, ran away to sea at 16, shipping on
on which Bligh was 6th Lieutenant.
He later took two trips with Bligh
to Jamaica on the 'Britannia'.
"It is interesting to compare the opinions of the way he was treated.
Bligh felt that all his attempts to prepare the young man
for eventual command were rejected.
The crew, especially among the older officers and petty officers,
felt that Bligh gave him too much special treatment.
Christian himself felt more severely put upon by his commander
than he had apparently ever felt in the past.
"His conduct, especially after the mutiny, indicate that he was thin-skinned, mercurial, and
emotional. Here was a man who felt he had ability, but any criticism made him question his
own worth. Did he feel insecure among the older officers, being treated by a commander not
too much his senior as a youngster? Would he have fared better with a stronger commander
who might have forced him to sink or swim? We will never know.
"There is little doubt that his feeling for Isabella, in large part, convinced him to take the ship.
They were, unquestionably, the most monogamous couple on Pitcairn. Had circumstances
been different, one might have expected him to jump ship, which indeed he contemplated at
one point, and make his life alone in the south seas. He was not a man who craved company,
a loner who could have been a successful island entrepreneur. As it was, fate was not his ally."
- Pitcairn Island Register - 1790-1794
- Pitcairn Island Register - Aug 31-Oct 2, 1841
- Pitcairn Island Register - Sep 7-8, 1856
- The Island, The People, and the Pastor - Chapter IV
- The Island, the People, and the Pastor - Ch. IV, The Mutineers
- The Island, the People, and the Pastor - Ch. IV, Murder
- The Island, the People, and the Pastor - Ch. IV, Dreadful Fate
- The Island, the People, and the Pastor - Ch. IV, Adams's Dreams
- The Island, the People, and the Pastor - Ch. V, Staines Letter
- The Island, the People, and the Pastor - Ch. V, Briton and Tagus
- The Island, the People, and the Pastor - Ch. VI, Native Cloth
- The Island, the People, and the Pastor, Ch. X Register 1790-3
- The Island, the People, and the Pastor, Ch. X Register 1838-41
- The Island, the People, and the Pastor, Ch. XII Sermon in London
- The Island, the People, and the Pastor, Ch. XIII Arrival at Norfolk
- The Island, the People, and the Pastor, Ch. XIV Confirmation
- Pitcairn Island and the Islanders, Bounty Descendants
- Fletcher Christian . . . Acting-Lieutenant.
- the descendants of Christian, Young, Quintal, M'Coy, Mills, and Adams;
- Fletcher Christian married Isabella, a Tahitian woman.
- Charles first, son of Fletcher Christian of the Bounty.
- Mary, daughter of Fletcher Christian of the Bounty, never married.
- one of which was Fletcher Christian's widow,
- Pitcairn Island and the Islanders, Pitcairn's Island, The Mutineers
- and in rating Christian about the matter,
- Christian and eight others then sailed for Pitcairn's Island,
- Christian keeping his own counsel
- Brown and Christian were very intimate,
- Brown and Christian's wives told their husbands
- When Christian heard of it,
- Christian and the other Englishmen sent
- Christian and the other English men
- beginning with John Williams and Fletcher Christian.
- At the time they shot Christian,
- Christian hallooed out.
- about 200 yards from Christian's garden,
- and M'Coy hearing Christian call out, 'Oh dear!'
- but Mills thought it was Christian's wife
- After the three Tahitians had killed Christian,
- that they had killed Williams and Christian,
- M'Coy then ran to tell Christian,
- "M'Coy then ran to Christian's wife,
- (Williams and Christian's) and three children;
- Pitcairn Island and the Islanders, Pitcairn's Island, John Adams
- Pitcairn Island and the Islanders, Register 1790-1799
- Pitcairn Island and the Islanders, Register 1840-1841
- Pitcairn Island and the Islanders, Reports, Staines, Oct 18, 1814
- Pitcairn Island and the Islanders, Reports, Lowry, 1839
- Young's Story of Pitcairn Island, The Bounty and the Mutineers
- Young's Story of Pitcairn Island, The Arrival at Pitcairn
- where were Christian and the other guilty men
- Fletcher Christian assumed command of the Bounty,
- Christian, accompanied by eight of his shipmates
- It is said that Christian,
- Christian could, at least, hope to hide himself
- Fletcher Christian, John Mills, Isaac Martin,
- Christian, so the story goes,
- when Christian was in the act of turning
- After the massacre of Christian
- Young's Story of Pitcairn Island, The Mutineers Discovered
- Young's Story of Pitcairn Island, The Gem of the Pacific
- Young's Story of Pitcairn Island, John Buffett and John Evans
- Young's Story of Pitcairn Island,George Hunn Nobbs
- Young's Story of Pitcairn Island, Mr. Joshua Hill
- Young's Story of Pitcairn Island, The Flag of Old England
- Young's Story of Pitcairn Island, Wreck of the Cornwallis
- Young's Story of Pitcairn Island, Visit of Rear-Admiral de Horsey
- 20 Years Residence on Pitcairn's Island - Part I
- towards his offiers, particularly to Christian,
- Christian took the hint,
- Christian with the remainder of the crew
- Christian, mate, Young, midshipman,
- Christian and a boat's crew landed on the west side,
- Christian returned on board,
- that after the mutiny Christian became sullen,
- and always called "Mr. Christian."
- Christian told Adams
- had it not been for Christian.—
- Christian was the first to fall a victim to their revenge.
- 20 Years Residence on Pitcairn's Island - Part VI
- Folger Logbook Entries
- Delano's Conversation with Folger
- The Briton at Pitcairn - Shillibeer
- The Tagus at Pitcairn - Pipon
- John Adams's Story of the Mutineers at Pitcairn.
- but Christian, on reading Captain Carteret's account of Pitcairn Island,
- and Christian, with one of the seamen,
- Christian, Adams, and the majority,
- The instant Christian became aware of the plot,
- from Williams' toward Christian's plantation,
- proceeded to Christian, who was working at his yam-plot,
- "It is only Mainmast (Christian's wife) calling her children
- McCoy, less confident, ran in search of Christian,
- and was conducted to Christian's house,
- was now also taken to Christian's house.
- As Christian and Young were descended
- Christian was always cheerful,
- never omitted to say "Mr. Christian."
- During Christian's lifetime they had only once
- The Pitcairners as seen by Beechey of the Blossom
- Visit of the Tuscan, Frederick D. Bennett 1834
- Morayshire to Norfolk - Curgenven
- Letter from Mayhew Folger to Admiralty, Mar 1, 1813
- Extract of journal of Captain Waldegrave of HMS Seringapatam, March 1830