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Robert Gilmor collection

Identifier: MS 3198


This collection contains correspondence, manuscript materials, newspaper clippings, ephemera and photographs related to Robert Gilmor I – VI and the Gilmor family of Baltimore.


  • 1661 - 1990


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The collection is open for research use.

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Biographical / Historical

Robert Gilmor I (1748 – 1822)

Merchant; founder of house of R. Gilmor &Son, East India importers; President Chamber of Commerce; President St. Andrews Society

m. Louisa Airey, 1771


Robert (1772 - 1772)

Robert II (1774 – 1848)

William (1775 – 1829); father of Robert Gilmor III

Elizabeth (1779 - )

Jane (1780 - )

Thomas (1782 – 1782)

Louisa and Peggy (1783 - )

Robert Gilmor II (1774 – 1848)

Merchant; ship owner; East-Indian importer; Collector of art, rare books, autographs, coins, antiquities, stamps, minerals and rocks.

m. Sarah Reeve Ladson, 1807

Robert Gilmor III (1808 – 1875)

Baltimore County farmer; member of Harvard College Class of 1828; Build his home “Glen Ellen” on 1,000 acre property north of Towson; Son of William Gilmor (1775 – 1829)

m. Ellen Ward, 1832


William (1832 – 1904)

Robert IV (1833 – 1906)

Ellen (1835 – 1909)

Charles (1836 – 1899)

Henry (1838 – 1883)

Richard Tilghman (1840 – 1908)

Howard (1840 – ca 1863)

[Campbell] Graham (1841 – 1920)

Arthur (1844 – ca 1864)

Meredith (1845 – 1900)

Mary (1847 – 1908)

Robert Gilmor IV (1833 – 1906)

Judge, Baltimore City Supreme Bench, 1867-1882; City Counselor of Baltimore 1886-1887

m. Casilda Manella Hidges,(1849 – 1871), 1868


Anna (1868 – 1957)

Bertha (1870 – 1955)

m. Josephine Albert (1849 – 1928), 1878


Josephine (? – 1963)

Frances (1883 – 1982)

Ellen (1884 – 1975)

Robert V (1871 – 1934)

Albert (1880 – 1971)

Jean ( 1885 - ?)

Robert Gilmor V (1871 – 1934)

Broker, New York Stock Exchange

m. Olina Maxwell Gilmor


Robert Gilmor VI (1909 - 2003)

Mrs. John Hubert

Robert Gilmore VI (1909 - 2003)

m. Elizabeth Robert Gilmor

m. Elizabeth Kavanaugh Gilmor


Robert Gilmor VII (1935 - 1989)

Elizabeth Gilmor Wills

William Gavin Gilmor


1.25 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials



Items are arranged chronologically within each series.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Elizabeth Gilmor Wills and William Gavin Gilmor, December 2016.

Scope and Contents

The Robert Gilmor manuscript collection consists of three boxes and three oversize folders of correspondence, journals, ephemera, etchings, photographs, and newspaper clippings related to Robert Gilmor I to Robert Gilmor VI.

The collection is broken down into 6 series. Items are arranged chronologically within each series.

Series I: Robert Gilmor I and Robert Gilmor II

This series consists of correspondence to Robert Gilmor I and II, and other addresses. Correspondents include Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte, Jerome Bonaparte, Charles II King of Great Britain, Charles Calvert, George I King of Great Britain, Francois I, Emperor of Germany, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Pinckney Jr., Lord Byron, Marquis de Lafayette, Duke of Wellington, Daniel Webster, Henry Clay, Charles Carroll of Carrollton, Winfield Scott, and others. There are also two volumes of travel journals kept by Robert Gilmor II during a trip to England in 1799-1800, and etchings of both Robert Gilmor I and II.

Series II: Robert Gilmor III

This series consists of Robert Gilmor III’s last will and testament, correspondence and a brief biographical sketch of Robert Gilmor III.

Series III: Robert Gilmor IV

This series consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings, an etching, and other materials related to Robert Gilmor IV.

Series IV: Robert Gilmor V

This series consists of correspondence and an obituary for Robert Gilmor V.

Series V: Robert Gilmor VI

This series consists of correspondence and other materials related to Robert Gilmor VI and art work of the Gilmor family. There are also some photographs of paintings owned by Robert Gilmor II.

Series VI: Miscellaneous

This series consists of a genealogy of Thomas Airey’s family, newspaper clippings about the the Gilmors and the Glen Ellen, the Gilmor family home in Baltimore County, and other manuscript items. There are also two unidentified photographs, possibly Gilmor family members.

Guide to the Robert Gilmor collection
Under Revision
Judith Hallfrisch and Damon Talbot
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Revision Statements

  • 2020-04-17: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by Mallory Herberger.

Repository Details

Part of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library
Maryland Center for History and Culture
610 Park Avenue
Baltimore MD 21201 United States