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The Gilmors

 
 
The Gilmors Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 26, 2008
1. The Gilmors Marker
Inscription. Scottish-born Robert Gilmor (1748-1822) brought his young family to Baltimore from the Eastern Shore at the outset of the Revolutionary War. Profiting from wartime shipping and industry, Gilmore emerged in the 1790s as one of Baltimore's leading merchant princes.

The Gilmore vault, probably built between 1812 and 1821, may have been designed by Robert Mills, architect of Baltimore's Washington Monuemnt. In use until 1900, it originally housed the remains of 16 family members and a family nurse. In 1885 the bodes of Robert Gilmor, his wife and their children, along with the nurse, were moved to Greenmount Cemetery.

Family Nurse
Patience Marsh, a nurse in the Gilmore household, was one of the only African Americans, and non-church members, buried in Westminster. Marsh, who died in 1855, was evidently held in such high regard that her remains where moved to Greenmount Cemetery along with other Gilmors in 1885.

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Patron of the Arts Robert Gilmor's eldest son, Robert, Jr., became one of America's earliest art patrons. In 1846, he offered his collection of European Old Masters and works by Francis Guy, Thomas Cole, Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Sully, Henry Inman and John Trumbull to the fledgling Smithsonian. His offer was declined and most of Gilmor's unrivaled holdings would be dispersed
Gilmor marker and vault image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 26, 2008
2. Gilmor marker and vault
after his death in 1848.

Robert Gilmor, Jr. by Henry Inman, oil on canvas, ca. 1832-1833
The Maryland Historical Society

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Summer Estate Wealthy Baltimoreans built summer homes to escape the oppressive heat and threat of disease. Beech Hill, the Gilmor's 10-acre estate located west of town - about a mile west of here - commanded a sweeping view of the booming waterfront city.

View of the Bay from Beech Hill by Francis Guy, oil on canvas, 1804
The Maryland Historical Society
 
Location. 39° 17.396′ N, 76° 37.417′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker can be reached from the intersection of West Fayette Street and North Greene Street. Touch for map. Marker is on the grounds of Westminster Hall and Burying Ground. Marker is at or near this postal address: 519 West Fayette Street, Baltimore MD 21201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 26 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Infusing Style and Sophistication: (here, next to this marker); Final Rest (here, next to this marker); The Carriage Gates of Westminster Burying Ground (a few steps from this marker); “…a truly affectionate wife” (a few steps from this marker); An 18th-Century Burying Ground (a few steps from this
View, looking north image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck
3. View, looking north
The Gilmor vault can be seen in the midground.
marker); A Monument to the Memory of Edgar Allan Poe (within shouting distance of this marker); Believe it or Not (within shouting distance of this marker); A La Memorie D’Edgar Allan Poe (within shouting distance of this marker); Westminster Hall & Burying Ground: (within shouting distance of this marker); Poe’s Baltimore (within shouting distance of this marker); Westminster Church and Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); James McHenry (within shouting distance of this marker); John McDonogh (within shouting distance of this marker); The McDonoghs of Baltimore (within shouting distance of this marker); Among the Illustrious Men (within shouting distance of this marker); Bernard von Kapff (within shouting distance of this marker); Local Hero, National Leader (within shouting distance of this marker); James McHenry, M.D. (within shouting distance of this marker); A Swashbuckling Merchant (within shouting distance of this marker); Dugan-Hollins Family Vault (within shouting distance of this marker); Fame, Fortune and Financial Scandal (within shouting distance of this marker); A Mother’s Grief (within shouting distance of this marker); Monumental Lives (within shouting distance of this marker); Among Family: Poe’s Original Burial Place (within shouting distance of this marker); The Sleep of Young Innocents (within shouting distance of this marker); Original Burial Place of Edgar Allan Poe (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 26, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,427 times since then and 79 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 27, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.
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