BLOOD

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BLOOD, Thomas (commonly called colonel Blood), was a disbanded officer of Oliver Cromwell. He took part in the revolution in various ways, and made an attempt to steal the crown and regalia from the Tower, in which he almost succeeded. Being, however, taken, he confessed his purpose, without showing the least fear of death. Charles II, from idle curiosity, went to see him, and B. persuaded the monarch to pardon him. Charles even bestowed an estate with £500 a year upon him, whilst poor Edwards, the keeper of the jeweloffice, who valiantly defended the crown, and was wounded, lived forgotten.