Harford History

October 02, 2005

1819: WOULD-BE HEIR SAILS TO ENGLAND

On Oct. 1, 1819, Charles Browning sailed for Maryland in hope of proving his status as rightful heir over the proprietorship of Maryland. Browning was the grandson of the fifth Baron of Baltimore and nephew to Frederick, the seventh and last Lord Baltimore. Frederick died in 1771 without legal heir, though he bequeathed to his illegitimate son Henry Harford all his landed estates, territory that later would become Harford County. Browning never proved his status and left Maryland in bitter disappointment. He went on to write a series of letters describing the poor treatment he received here.

[ "Henry Harford: Last Proprietor of Maryland," by Vera F. Rollo. Research by Harford County Public Library.]

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