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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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BIOGRAPHIES TAL

LIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE. Lower House,

Anne Arundel County, 1659/60, 1669 (Aggriev-
ances), 1671 (speaker 1; absent from 2nd session
because of journey to England; appointed to the
Council before the 3rd session of the 1671-1674/
75 Assembly); Upper House, 1674-1674/75 (ap-
pointed by the 3rd session of the 1671-1674/75
Assembly; Accounts 3), 1676-1682 (Accounts 2-
5), 1682-1684 (Accounts 1), 1686-1688 (presi-
dent 1). OTHER PROVINCIAL OFFICES: Council,

1673-1688/89 (president, 1685-1688); Board of
Deputy Governors, 1684-1688/89; justice, Pro-
vincial Court, 1673-1688/89. LOCAL OFFICES: jus-
tice, Anne Arundel County, 1658-1661, 1663/
64-1668 (quorum, 1665-1668); coroner, Anne
Arundel County, 1671. MILITARY SERVICE: It.
colonel, by 1676; colonel, by 1677-1688/89.
STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES: instrumental
in getting the Assembly to pass a law granting the
proprietor an export duty of two shillings per
hogshead of tobacco, 1671; testified in England
for Lord Baltimore against the Protestant Asso-
ciators, 1690. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND:
owned at least 200 acres by 1659, at least 1,100
acres by 1669, and at least 2,600 acres by 1675.

TALBOT, GEORGE (?-?). BORN: probably in
Ireland. IMMIGRATED: in 1679/80 from Castle Ruby
in Roscommon County, Ireland, as a free adult.
RESIDED: in Cecil County; left Maryland per-
manently in 1687. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER:

James Talbot, Esq., of Ballyconnell, County Ca-
van, and Castle Ruby, County Roscommon; son
of Walter Talbot. MOTHER: Helen (ca. 1615-1655),
daughter of Sir George Calvert, 1st Lord Balti-
more (1578/79-1632), and wife Anne Mynne.
UNCLES: Cecilius Calvert, 2nd Lord Baltimore,
(1605-1675); Leonard Calvert (ca. 1606-1647).
HALF UNCLE: Philip Calvert (1626-1682). FIRST
COUSINS: Charles Calvert, 3rd Lord Baltimore (1637-
1714/15); William Calvert (ca. 1642/43-1682); and
Anne Calvert (1644-ca. 1714), who married first,
in 1664, Baker Brooke (1628-1678/79). MARRIED
Sarah. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate,
probably well educated. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION:
Catholic. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: In 1680,
Talbot contracted to transport 640 persons into
the province for which he was to receive a grant
for 32,000 acres in Cecil County; unable to fulfill
his commitment, he finally obtained his manor
by transporting 60 persons and paying 13,920
pounds of tobacco; Esq., on arrival. OCCUPA-
TIONAL PROFILE: planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGIS-
LATIVE SERVICE: Upper House, 1681-1682 (ap-

pointed by the 3rd session of the 1676-1682
Assembly, but no record of any attendance), 1682-
1684 (attended only 2nd session). OTHER PROVIN-
CIAL OFFICES: Council, 1679/80-1684; justice,
Provincial Court, 1679/80-1684; surveyor gen-
eral, 1683-1684; president, Board of Deputy
Governors, May-October 1684. MILITARY SERV
ICE: colonel, 1679/80-1684. STANDS ON PUBLIC/
PRIVATE ISSUES: killed customs collector Chris-
topher Rousby (?-1684) on October 31, 1684, in
a violent quarrel on board the king's ketch Quaker,
then lying at the mouth of the Patuxent River.
Talbot, a kinsman of Lord Baltimore and mem-
ber of the Council of Maryland, was irate over
Rousby's accusations against Lord Baltimore of
misgovernment of the province. The captain of
the Quaker put Talbot in irons, but refused to
surrender him to Maryland authorities because
the demand was not made in the name of the
king. Talbot was taken to Virginia where Lord
Effingham, the governor, wrote to England for
further instructions. In February 1684/85, the king
directed that Talbot be sent to England for trial.
Prior to the receipt of this message, Talbot es-
caped from his Gloucester County, Virginia, prison
with the aid of his wife. In April 1685 he surren-
dered to Maryland authorities, probably hoping
to be tried in his own province. He was later
released to Virginia authorities when King James
commissioned a Court of Oyer and Terminer in
Virginia for the trial of such cases. Talbot was
found guilty by jury in James City, Virginia, in
April 1686, but was pardoned by King James II
later that same year. Subsequently he served in
the army of King James II and was outlawed in
England for treason. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME.

LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 32,000 acres; sold 2,000

in 1687.

TALBOT, WILLIAM (?-1691). BORN: probably
in Carton, Ireland; only son. IMMIGRATED: in 1670,
as a free adult from Ireland. RESIDED: in St. Mary's
County; returned to England and Ireland in 1671.

FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Sir Robert Talbot

(ca. 1610-1670) of Carton, baronet, member of
Parliament, Wicklow, 1634. MOTHER: Grace
(1611-1672), daughter of George Calvert, 1st Lord
Baltimore (1578/79-1632). UNCLES: Cecilius Cal-
vert, 2nd Lord Baltimore (1605-1675); Leonard
Calvert (ca. 1606-1647); and Richard Talbot, Earl
of Tyreconnell, and an intimate of James, Duke
of York. HALF UNCLE: Philip Calvert (1626-1682).
FIRST COUSINS: Charles Calvert, 3rd Lord Balti-
more (1637-1714/15); William Calvert (ca. 1642/

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