Author: Maria Kimberly


William Drummond (d. 1677)

William Drummond was the governor of Albemarle County in the Province of Carolina (1664–1667) and a participant in Bacon’s Rebellion (1676–1677). Sheriff of James City County, bailiff of the Quarter Court, and the sergeant-at-arms of the General Assembly, Drummond also was a large landholder, leasing acres from Virginia governor Sir William Berkeley, with whom he had a contentious relationship. As governor of Albemarle County, he unsuccessfully negotiated with Virginia and Maryland to reduce the production of tobacco, and during the Third Anglo-Dutch War (1672–1674) was arrested at least twice for doing poor work on a contract to build a fort at Jamestown. In the summer of 1676, he supported Nathaniel Bacon in his rebellion against Governor Berkeley and refused to give up even after Bacon’s sudden death. He and a fellow rebel were captured in the Chickahominy Swamp and, on January 20, 1677, tried, convicted, and hanged.