Name: EDWARD YOUNG
Birth: 1766 in St Kitts, West Indies
Death: 25 DEC 1800 in Pitcairn
Reference Number: "NED"
Occupation: Bounty Midshipman
According to information in the Manx Museum, 'Ned' Young was possibly born in Peel, on the
Isle of Man, but the more common belief is that he was born at St. Kitts in the West Indies of
a Manx father and a West Indian mother. He is said to have been a nephew of Sir George
Young, but the official records of the Young family do not support this. Because of his involve-
ment in the mutiny, however, he could have been disowned by the family, and 'purged' from
the family records.
What did Ned Young look like? Soon after the Bounty sailed, Bligh described him as "well-
educated, well-recommewnded, the look of an able, stout seaman ... however, he seems
frequently to fall short of what his appearences promise." After the mutiny, Bligh described
him as being "of a dark complexion with rather a bad look". He had lost several front teeth,
and those that remained were all rotten. He was 5 feet tall (the smallest Bounty crewman), but
very strong. He was tattooed with a heart pierced by a dart, and 'E.Y.'.
He was Christian's best friend on the Bounty, and his first co-conspirator, however that
friendship fell apart after the mutiny. On Pitcairn, he formed a close friendship with Adams,
with whom he lived as neighbor, sharing possessions and women between themselves. They
had also the most even-handed attitude toward the Tahitian men.
There is some suspicion that he knew of, and perhaps encouraged, the Tahitian men to kill
the white men. This suspicion is due to an overheard comment that 'Adams was to be
spared'. He also took upon himself the responsibility of executing Quintal. Some historians
and authors feel that his character might well have been misjudged by history. He was
well-educated, and gracious in manner, and despite his appearance, was the most popular man
with the Tahitian women. But his gentle exterior may have hidden a Machiavellian streak. He
died of asthma, a disease from which he suffered for many years.
TOOFAITI b: in Tahiti
- POLLY YOUNG b: ABT 1794 in Pitcairn
- GEORGE YOUNG b: 1797 in Pitcairn
- ROBERT YOUNG b: 1798 in Pitcairn
- WILLIAM YOUNG b: ABT 1799 in Pitcairn
MAIMITI b: in Tahiti
- DOROTHY YOUNG b: ABT 1794 in Pitcairn
- EDWARD YOUNG b: 1797 in Pitcairn
- JAMES YOUNG b: 1799 in Pitcairn
TERAURA b: ABOUT 1775 in Raatiran, Tahiti