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The Great Seals of Anne Arundel County

By John T. Marck

Anne Arundel County was established in 1650 (Chapter 8, Acts of 1650). The County was named for England's Lady Anne Arundel, wife of Cecil Calvert, Second Lord Baltimore and founder of the colony of Maryland. Lady Anne Arundel married at the age of thirteen, and was the mother of many. She was known for her strong intellect, and her love of the arts. Anne Arundel died in 1649 at the age of thirty-four. On her tombstone her husband had engraved, "Farewell, you most lovely of earthly beauties."

The Anne Arundel County Seal varies only slightly from the flag of Maryland, which is the Coat of Arms of the Lords Baltimore representing the Calvert and Crossland families. Crossland is the family name of George Calvert's mother. George Calvert was the first Baron Baltimore. The county's official colors are gold, from the Calvert Arms, and red from the Crossland Arms.




Copyright 1990-2022 by John T. Marck. All Rights Reserved. This article and their accompanying seals, may not be resold, reprinted, or redistributed for compensation of any kind without prior written permission from the author. Maryland County Seals and Baltimore City Seal and their respective origin histories from: Maryland The Seventh State A History, John T. Marck. All Rights Reserved. All Seals courtesy of the respective county, Office of the County Executive and/or the Department of Tourism. Reprinted with permission.

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