Nathaniel Blakiston

Colonel Nathaniel Blakiston was the 8th Royal Governor of Maryland from 1698-1702. He succeeded Francis Nicholson and was succeeded by Thomas Tench. He was related to Nehemiah Blakiston.

Nathaniel Blakiston
2ºLeaders of the Protestant Associators of Maryland
In office
Preceded byFrancis Nicholson
Succeeded byThomas Tench
Personal details
RelativesJohn Blakiston (grandfather), Nehemiah Blakiston

Military careerEdit

Nathaniel Blakiston was grandson of John Blakiston, regicide of King Charles I of England. Blakiston joined the British Army and served in the West Indies.[1] As a soldier, Blakiston attained the lieutenant-governor rank of Montserrat island, as acting colonel.[1][2]

Colonial governorEdit

In 1698, Nathaniel Blakiston was appointed governor of the British colony, of Maryland.[1][2] During that time he was charged with rooting out piracy in the colonies, for example accusing slaver Henry Munday of collaborating with Pennsylvanian pirate Henry King.[3] However, his government only lasted three years, because he had to retire for health problems, in 1701. The court of delegates chose him to serve, as their colonial agent, in London in appreciation for his services, in Monserrat. Later, from 1706 onwards, Blakiston was agent, for the Virginia Colony, in London. Then, in 1715, he was returned as the member of parliament for Mitchell. He was a loyal Whig who consistently voted with the administration during this period.


Nathaniel Blakiston died at the end of February, 1722.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d The history of Parliament. Posted by Eveline Cruickshanks.
  2. ^ a b Stephen Saunders Webb. Marlborough's America. Page 525.
  3. ^ Headlam, Cecil (1910). Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies | British History Online (Vol18 ed.). London: His Majesty's Stationery Office. pp. vii-716. Retrieved 15 May 2018.