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Cecil Calvert, 2nd Baron Baltimore

The Lord Baltimore
Retrospective painting of the Lord Baltimore by Florence MacKubin in 1910.
Governor of Newfoundland (Avalon)
In office
Monarch Charles I
Proprietor of the Maryland colony
In office
Personal details
Born (1605-08-08)8 August 1605
Kent, England[1]
Died 30 November 1675(1675-11-30) (aged 70)
Middlesex, England
Spouse(s) Anne Arundel
Relations Benedict Calvert, 4th Baron Baltimore (grandson)
Children Charles Calvert, 3rd Baron Baltimore
Alma mater Trinity College
Occupation lawyer
Religion Roman Catholic

Cecil Calvert, 2nd Baron Baltimore (8 August 1605 – 30 November 1675), was the first Province of Maryland from his home, Kiplin Hall, in North Yorkshire, England. As an English Roman Catholic, he continued the legacy of his father by promoting religious tolerance in the colony.

Maryland became a haven for Catholics in the New World, particularly important at a time of religious persecution in England. Calvert governed Maryland for forty-two years.[2] He also continued to be Lord Proprietor and Governor of Newfoundland for the colony of Avalon. He died in England on 30 November 1675, aged 70 years. He is thought to be buried at St. Giles-in-the-Fields Church, London, UK.[3][4] The exact location of his grave is unknown, but parish records state he is buried there.[5] A plaque commemorating Cecil Calvert was placed in St. Giles in 1996 by the Governor of Maryland. However, genealogists for Kiplin Hall state, “A number of the early Calverts were buried at St Giles in the Fields, Charing Cross Rd, London….we cannot yet be certain whether Cecil is one of them.”[6] This is possibly due to poor record keeping of Catholic burials[7] or numerous outbreaks of disease that overwhelmed burial staff and led to confusion in parish registers .[8]


  • Early life and education 1
  • Settlement of the Maryland colony 2
    • Maryland Charter 2.1
    • "Ark" and "Dove" 2.2
  • Crisis before and during the English Civil War 3
  • Religious toleration 4
  • Baltimore's colony in Newfoundland 5
  • Marriage and family 6
  • Legacy and honours 7
    • Maryland 7.1
    • Newfoundland 7.2
  • Coat of arms 8
  • See also 9
  • References 10
  • Sources 11
  • External links 12

Early life and education

Cecil Calvert was born on 8 August 1605, in

Government offices
Preceded by
George Calvert
Governor of Newfoundland
Succeeded by
William Hill
New title Proprietor of Maryland
Succeeded by
The 3rd Lord Baltimore
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
George Calvert
Baron Baltimore
Succeeded by
Charles Calvert
  • Calvert Family Tree (accessed 10 Jul 2013)

External links

  • Browne, William Hand (1890). George Calvert and Cecilius Calvert: Barons Baltimore of Baltimore. New York: Dodd, Mead, and Company.
  • Krugler, John D. (2004). English and Catholic: The Lords Baltimore in the 17th Century. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 0-8018-7963-9


  1. ^ a b c Archives of Maryland (Biographical Series) Cecilius Calvert, 2nd Lord Baltimore (1605–1675) Retrieved February 2011
  2. ^ American History Website Retrieved February 2011
  3. ^ St Giles-in-the-Fields Church Website Section: Global Connections Retrieved September 2013
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Md. memorial to Calvert in England fulfills request made 35 years ago" Baltimore Sun 11 May 1996
  6. ^ [2] Note for: Cecil Calvert - 2nd Baron Baltimore, 8 Aug 1605 - 30 Nov 1675 Kiplin Hall Website Retrieved July 2015
  7. ^ [3] National Archives UK retrieved July 2015
  8. ^ Harding, Vanessa (1993). "Burial of the plague dead in early modern London" (Centre for Metropolitan History Working Papers Series, No. 1, 1993).
  9. ^ a b Richardson, Douglas (2005). Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, p. 169. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company. ISBN 0-8063-1759-0.
  10. ^ a b Krugler, John D. (2004). English and Catholic: the Lords Baltimore in the Seventeenth Century. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.ISBN 0-8018-7963-9, p. 32.
  11. ^ Browne, Pages 35–36
  12. ^ Browne, Page 36
  13. ^ Browne, Page 37
  14. ^ a b c d e f Browne, Page 39
  15. ^ a b c Browne, Page 43
  16. ^ Browne, Pages 43–44
  17. ^ a b Browne, Page 40
  18. ^ Browne, Page 45
  19. ^ a b Browne, Pages 46–57
  20. ^ Browne, Pages 59–62
  21. ^ Browne, Pages 62–64
  22. ^
  23. ^ Several versions to represent the Colony and the State had been used since the grant to the Second Lord Baltimore. For more information see: Flag of Maryland.
  24. ^ State of Maryland (Chapter 48, Acts of 1904, effective 9 March 1904)
  25. ^ a b Maryland Manual Online: A Guide to Maryland Government, Maryland State Archives, 30 October 2012. Maryland at a Glance: State Symbols.


See also

Motto: (Italian), Fatti maschii, parole femine, meaning, "Manly deeds, womanly words."

Supporters: Two leopards guardant Proper

Crest: Out of a ducal coronet 2 pennants flying, the dexter Or, the sinister Sable

  • Quarterly, 1st and 4th Paly of six Or and Sable a bend counterchanged (Calvert),
  • 2nd and 3rd Quarterly Argent and Gules over all a cross bottony counterchanged (Crosslands).

The black and gold quarters were the arms of the Calverts themselves, while the red and silver were for the Crosslands, the family of the 1st Baron's mother, Alice.[25] Shield:

The Arms of the Barons Baltimore which were granted to the 2nd Baron.

Coat of arms

  • On the Avalon Peninsula in Newfoundland is the settlement of Calvert
  • Baltimore School is in nearby Ferryland.


The Great Seal of Maryland, which was stolen in 1645, was replaced by a similar seal by Cecil. The seal features the Calvert arms and motto, which is still used in the Government of Maryland.

The Maryland National Guard (state militia) at a parade marking the 150th anniversary of the founding of Baltimore Town (1729–1730). It also flew 25 October 1888, at Gettysburg Battlefield for ceremonies dedicating monuments to the Maryland regiments of the Army of the Potomac and of the Confederate States Army. During the Civil War, the black and gold chevrons were used as a symbol on uniforms and flags by the Northern (Union) Maryland soldiers and units and the bottonee cross from the Crosslands by the Southern (Confederate) regiments from Maryland. The later reunification of the two squares of the colonial seal and proprietary family's coat-of-arms in the increased use of a "Maryland Flag" in the late 19th and early 20th centuries symbolised the post-war reconciliation of the two sides of the bitterly divided border state. Officially, it was adopted as the State flag in 1904.[25]

Harford County is named for Henry Harford, the illegitimate son of Frederick Calvert, 6th Baron Baltimore. Although precluded by his birth status from inheriting the peerage, he inherited the Lord Proprietorship, only to lose it later during the American Revolution.

A 1908 statue of Cecil Calvert stands on the steps at the west entrance of the Circuit Courthouse of Baltimore City (built 1896–1900 – renamed the Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. Courthouse in the 1980s) facing Saint Paul Street and a small Court Plaza with a fountain. It is the site of annual "Maryland Day" (25 March) ceremonies which continue inside the elaborate Lobby and ceremonial courtrooms.

Street names

Cities which include variations of the Calvert and Lord Baltimore's name

Numerous place names honour the Barons Baltimore, including the counties of Baltimore, Calvert, Cecil, Charles, and Frederick.

In 1904, the arms were adopted as the official state Flag of Maryland. It is the only US state flag to be based on English heraldry.[23][24]


Legacy and honours

Cecil Calvert died in Middlesex, England on 30 November 1675.[1] He was succeeded by his son and heir, Charles Calvert, 3rd Baron Baltimore.

He married Anne Arundell, daughter of the 1st Baron Arundell of Wardour, in 1627 or 1628. They had nine children. Of the nine, only three, including Charles Calvert, 3rd Baron Baltimore, survived to adulthood. Later, her name became the inspiration for the naming of one of the earliest counties to be "erected" (founded) as "Anne Arundel County".[1]

Marriage and family

Cecil's son and heir, Charles Calvert, 3rd Baron Baltimore.

Lord Baltimore's family also had title to Colony of Virginia and later visited the northern reaches along the Chesapeake Bay (which included the future Maryland). In 1637, however, Sir David Kirke acquired a charter giving Cecil, the Second Lord Baltimore, title to the entire island of Newfoundland, superseding the charter granted to his father George, the First Baron. Baltimore fought against the new Charter. Although in 1661, he gained official recognition of the old Charter of Avalon, he never attempted to retake the Avalon colony.

Baltimore's colony in Newfoundland

In 1649, Maryland passed the Maryland Toleration Act, also known as the "Act Concerning Religion", mandating religious tolerance for Trinitarian Christians only (those who profess faith in the "Holy Trinity" – Father, Son and Holy Spirit, excluding Nontrinitarian faiths). Passed on 21 September 1649, by the General Assembly of the Maryland colony, it was the first law establishing religious tolerance in the British North American colonies. The Calvert family sought enactment of the law to protect Catholic settlers and Nonconformist Protestants who did not conform to the established state Church of England.

The Maryland Toleration Act, passed in 1649.

Religious toleration

Lord Baltimore, a Catholic, struggled to maintain possession of Maryland during the English Civil War by trying to convince Parliament of his loyalty; he appointed a Protestant, William Stone, as his governor. It's accepted he did this exclusively to maintain possession of the colony during the civil war, as his loyalties were with King Charles.

The enterprise took place in the context of serious unrest in England.[14] In 1629, King Charles I had dissolved Parliament and governed for the next eleven years without consultation from any representative body.[14] William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury and his Star Chamber campaigned against both Puritans and Catholics.[14] As a result, the Puritans and Separatists began to emigrate to New England in Plymouth Colony and Massachusetts Bay Colony. Catholics began to see Maryland as a possible English-speaking place of refuge.[14]

Crisis before and during the English Civil War

Calvert attempted to stay closely involved in the governance of the colony, though he never visited it. During his long tenure, he governed through deputies: the first was his younger brother Leonard Calvert (1606–1647),[22] and the last was his only son Charles.

Baltimore sent detailed instructions for the governance of the colony. He directed his brother to seek information about those who had tried to thwart the colony and to contact William Claiborne to determine his intentions for the trading station on Kent Island.[19] He also emphasised the importance of religious toleration among the colonists, who numbered nearly equally Catholic and Protestant.[19] With these last instructions, the expedition crossed the Atlantic and sailed through Cape Charles (headland) and Cape Henry into the large harbour and lower bay called Hampton Roads at the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay and the mouth of the James River. After meeting with the Virginians at their colony and capital of Jamestown, they continued up the Bay to the Potomac River, then further upstream and landed on 25 March 1634 at Blakistone Island (later called St. Clement's Island). There they erected a cross and celebrated their first Mass with Father White. Several days later, they returned downstream and founded the first settlement at St. Mary's City (in the future St. Mary's County), on 27 March 1634, on land purchased from the native Yaocomico tribe, a branch of the Piscataway Indians.[20] From England, Baltimore tried to manage the political relations with the Crown and other parts of government. Claiborne, the trader on Kent Island, resisted the new settlement and conducted some naval skirmishes against it.[21]

The first expedition consisted of two ships that had formerly belonged to Baltimore's father George, "Ark" and "Dove".[17] They departed from Gravesend in Kent with 128 settlers on board. They were chased and forced to return by the British Royal Navy so that the settlers would take an oath of allegiance to the King as required by law. They then sailed in October 1632 for the Isle of Wight to pick up more settlers.[17] There, two Jesuit priests (including Father Andrew White) and nearly 200 more settlers boarded before the ships set out across the Atlantic Ocean.[18]

Leonard Calvert, Lord Baltimore's younger brother and the first governor of the Maryland colony.
Modern reconstruction of "Dove", one of the two ships that carried settlers to plant Lord Baltimore's first settlement in Maryland in 1634.

"Ark" and "Dove"

While the expedition was being prepared, Baltimore was busy in England defending the 1632 Charter from former members of the Virginia Company. They were trying to regain their original Charter, including the entirety of the new Maryland colony, which had previously been included within the domains described as a part of Virginia.[15] They had informally tried to thwart the founding of another colony for years, but their first formal complaint was lodged with the "Lords of Foreign Plantations" (Lords of Trade and Plantations) in July 1633.[15] The complaint claimed that Maryland had not truly been unsettled, as stated in its charter, because William Claiborne had previously run a trading station on Kent Island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay off the eastern shore.[15] It also claimed that the Charter was so broad as to constitute a violation of the liberties of the colony's subjects. At this point there were few Marylanders yet in residence.[16]

Baltimore's fee for the Charter, which was legally a rental of the land from the King, was one-fifth of all gold and silver found and the delivery of two Native American arrows to the royal castle at Windsor every Easter.[11] The Charter established Maryland as a palatinate, giving Baltimore and his descendants rights nearly equal to those of an independent state, including the rights to wage war, collect taxes, and establish a colonial nobility.[12] In questions of interpretation of rights, the Charter would be interpreted in favour of the proprietor.[13] Supporters in England of the Virginia colony opposed the Charter, as they had little interest in having a competing colony to the north.[14] Rather than going to the colony himself, Baltimore stayed behind in England to deal with the political threat and sent his next younger brother Leonard in his stead. He never travelled to Maryland.[14]

Calvert received a Charter from First Baron Baltimore, who had long sought the charter to found a colony in the mid-Atlantic area to serve as a refuge for English Roman Catholics. The original grant would have included the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay as far south as the Potomac River and the entirety of the eastern shore (future "Delmarva" peninsula). When the Crown realised that settlers from Virginia had already crossed the Bay to begin settling the southern tip of their eastern shore, the grant was revised to include the eastern shore only as far south as a line drawn east from the mouth of the Potomac River (including the future State of Delaware). Once that alteration was made, the final charter was confirmed on 20 June 1632. This charter would be heavily contested by Calvert's heirs and the Penn family in the Penn–Calvert Boundary Dispute.

Maryland Charter

Settlement of the Maryland colony

On 8 August 1633, Calvert was admitted to Gray's Inn as a barrister.[9]

In 1628 Cecil accompanied his father, along with most of his siblings and his stepmother, to the new colony of Newfoundland. The colony failed due to disease, extreme cold and attacks by the French and the family returned to England.

Calvert entered George Calvert, First Lord Baltimore converted to Roman Catholicism in 1625, and it is likely that his children followed him; at least his sons did.

[10] (Protestant) tradition.Anglican He was the first of several sons of the couple. At the time, his father was under pressure for conformity, and all ten children were baptised as Christians in the [9]

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