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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Giles Bland

Giles Bland was known to have a temper. On one occasion he had a heated discussion with a member of the Ludwell family which ended in an exchange of gloves and an appointment to fight a duel the following morning. Bland appeared punctually at the hour agreed upon, but Ludwell failed to come. In his resentment
, Bland nailed the glove to the door of the State-House. Ironically, Bland died on the gallows for the part he took in the Rebellion of 1676 (Bacon's Rebellion). Source: Lower Norfolk Records, Vol. 1675-86, Orders, May 15, 1684.

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