Baltimore Close, DA17

Place Name

Named after the US City, in Maryland, which in turn got its name from Baltimore Manor, the estate in County Longford on which the Calvert family lived in Ireland. Baltimore is an anglicization of the Irish name Baile an Tí Mhóir, meaning “town of the big house.” Charles Calvert, 5th Baron Baltimore, (September 29, 1699 – April 24, 1751) was the Proprietary Governor of the Province of Maryland having inherited the title to Maryland aged 15. Apart from a brief visit in 1732, he remained mostly in England, where he pursued an active career in politics, rising to become Lord of the Admiralty, while living, at least part of the time, at Belvedere House, which had been built during the early part of George II’s reign. George II said of him: “There is my Lord Baltimore, who thinks he understands everything, and understands nothing: who wants to be well with both Courts and is well with neither, and who, entre nous, is a little mad.” When he died in 1751 Belvedere House became the home of Sampson Gideon.

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