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“The Queen appreciates your thoughtfulness in writing as you did and, in return, sends her warmest best wishes and congratulations to you all for a memorable ceremony and joyous service on this most special anniversary.”

–Christopher Sandamas, Chief Clerk to The Queen
Buckingham Palace, London, UK

In 1713, Charles Calvert, 3rd Lord of Baltimore, gave his 4th wife, Margaret Charleton of Hexham, the gift of 10,000 acres in what is now Baltimore and Harford County.  These 10,000 acres, know as My Lady’s Manor, were eventually transferred from ownership from the Calvert Family and rule of British Crown to the veterans of the Revolutionary War and to former tenants at auction.

nonameThis past Sunday, the Manor Conservancy, with St. James Church and Academy, Manor 300 and The Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Maryland, celebrated the tercentennial anniversary of this gift.  Representatives from Baltimore and Harford Counties, the State of Maryland, and the British Embassy, as well as the Old Guard of the White House and re-enactors in period costume, were in attendance.  The Maryland Archives loaned the original 1713 Patent for a display in Macdonald Hall for the event.

Although the original 1713 Patent had to be returned within a few hours on Sunday, the letter that Christopher Sandamas, Private Secretary to the Queen of England, sent to commemorate the day is on display by the entrance to Macdonald Hall.

noname-2One of the highlights of this beautiful ceremony was students from St. James Academy singing the “The Star Spangled Banner,” “God Save the Queen” and “Maryland, My Maryland.” Thank you to Ms. Randi Bradley and all of the students who participated in this event.

For more information about the tercentennial, please visit the Manor Conservancy web site: www.themanorconservancy.org.