686 MARYLAND MANUAL
POET LAUREATE OF MARYLAND
By Chapter 178, Acts of 1959, the Governor was authorized to
appoint a citizen of Maryland as Poet Laureate of Maryland. Under
the provisions of this Chapter, the Governor appointed Vincent God-
frey Bums (Code 1957, 1962 Supp., Art. 41, sec. 77A).
By Chapter 136, Acts of 1962, the age old equestrian sport of
Jousting was proclaimed as the official sport of the State of Maryland
(Code 1967, 1962 Supp., Art. 41, sec. 79A).
NAMES AND ORIGINS OF COUNTIES
The name is from the Indian word Oolikhanna meaning "Beautiful
Stream." The County was erected by an Act of Assembly, Chapter 29,
Acts of 1789. The County Seat is Cumberland.
This County was named for the Lady Anne Arundel, wife of Cecilius,
Second Lord Baltimore and founder of the Colony. It owes its origin to
an Act of Assembly, Chapter 8, Acts of 1660 (April Session). The
County seat is Annapolis, which is also the Capital of the State.
The existence of Baltimore City as a governmental unit distinct from
Baltimore County was provided for by the Constitutional Convention
of 1860. The name is that of the Proprietary's Irish Barony.
The name of this County, like that of Baltimore City, derives from
the name of the Proprietary's Irish Barony. The legal origin of Balti-
more County is not known, but it was surely in existence by January
12, 1669/60 when a writ was issued to the sheriff of the County. The
County seat is Towson.
This County takes its name from the family name of the Proprietary.
It was established by an Order in Council of 1664, and it was cailed
Patuxent County until 1668. The County seat is Pnnce Frederick.
The sister of the last Lord Baltimore, Lady Caroline Eden, gave her
name to this County. It owes its existence to Chapter 10 of the Acts of
Assembly of 1773. The County seat is Denton.
This County was named for the distinguished Revolutionary states-
man Charles Carroll of Carrollton. It was erected by Chapter 266, Acts
of 1836 and confirmed by Chapter 19 of the Acts of 1836. The County
seat is Westminster.