John Bland (judge)

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John Bland (? – c. 1825) was probably born in England and became notable in Canadian history for his time spent in Newfoundland.

Bland was probably active in Newfoundland as early as 1780 in a mercantile capacity. He became a magistrate at Bonavista, Newfoundland in 1790 and was active in commerce at that time. In 1801 he became a surrogate court judge which paid a regular salary. By that time he was well established in the community.

Bland is noteworthy for his advocacy on behalf of the Beothuk people during a documented period from 1797-1807 where his letters to various governors at St. Johns identify a number of issues and proposed solutions.

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