Archives of Maryland
Historical List
Examiners General, 1683-1776

Source: Edward C. Papenfuse, et al., Archives of Maryland, Historical List,
new series, Vol. 1. Annapolis, MD: Maryland State Archives, 1990.

Originally called the Deputy Surveyor General when it was first created in 1683, the Examiner General was responsible for
verifying certificates of survey, and was appointed by the Governor. The position was abolished under the Constitution of
1776, but was eventually reestablished in 1782.

See Donnell M. Owings, His Lordship's Patronage: Offices of Profit in Colonial Maryland, pps. 86-87.

Examiners General, 1683-1776

1683-1685  Robert Jones Calvert County
1685  Clement Hill, Sr. St. Mary's County
1685/6-1687  Maj. Thomas Taylor Dorchester County
1687-1693/4  Henry Brent Calvert County
1693/4-1708  Clement Hill, Sr. St. Mary's County
1708-1712  Edward Digges
Henry Darnall, II [1]
Charles County
Prince George's County
1712-1716  Henry Darnall, II Prince George's County
1718-1720  Bennett Lowe St. Mary's County
1720-1722  Nicholas Lowe St. Mary's County
1722-1723  John Gresham, Sr. Annapolis
1723-1732  John Ross Annapolis
1732-1738  Richard Francis Anne Arundel County
1738-1748  Benjamin Young, Sr. Prince George's County
1748-1761  John Ross Annapolis
1761-1776  Dr. Upton Scott Annapolis 

1. Jointly appointed to office in 1708, Digges for the Eastern Shore, and Darnall for the Western. Darnall was appointed the sole Examiner General in 1712. See Owings, p. 175.

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