Mary Ann Miller was born in Towcester in 1862, the daughter of Benjamin and Ellen Miller, one of 10 children. Benjamin was a gardener, usually employed on the Easton Neston Estate (home of the Earl of Pomfret), where Mary grew up, and where she was married in July 1882 to George Bland of Clipston.
Within a year of her marriage, Mary had returned home to Hulcote, the village on the Easton Neston Estate. Her new husband was not working, and wandering around the lanes, talking about suicide. George persuaded her to return.
than a week later, on Thursday 19 April 1883, George Bland worked late, and the
Blands had supper at New Hall farmhouse in
search was organised for George Bland, but a thorough search of farms, fields,
pools, and nearby
inquest was held on Saturday 21st April at the Royal Oak Inn at
The trial of George Bland began on 10 Jul 1883. The issue the jury was asked to consider was the state of his mind at the time of the murder. Ellen Miller, wife of Benjamin Miller of Hulcote and Mary’s mother, gave evidence showing that the couple were generally on good terms, but that George Bland was depressed as he could not find work.
George was found Not Guilty on the Ground of Insanity, and he was to be detained during her Majesty's pleasure. He is found in Broadmoor in both the 1891 and 1901 Censuses.
is buried at