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British Peers and Baronets

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  • Marmaduke Hussey, Baron Hussey of North Bradley (1923 - 2006)
    The Lord Hussey of North Bradley, life baron, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the BBC, 1986-96, Chairman, Royal Marsden Hospital, 1985-98, has died at the age of 83. Marmaduke James Hussey was ...
  • John Crewe, 1st Baron Crew of Stene (1598 - 1679)
    Family and Education b. c.1598, 1st s. of (Sir) Thomas Crewe* and Temperance, da. and coh. of Reginald Bray of Steane.2 educ. G. Inn 1615, called 1624; Magdalen, Oxf. 1616, aged 18, BA 1617.3 m. 24 Feb...
  • Sir Percy Smythe, 6th Viscount Strangford, Lord Penshurst (1780 - 1855)
    Personal friends with Benjamin Disraeli. Percy Clinton Sydney Smythe, 6th Viscount Strangford, GCB, GCH (31 Aug 1780–29 May 1855) was an Anglo-Irish diplomat. Personal life He was the so...
  • Sir Walter Clarges, 1st Baronet (1653 - 1706)
    Wikipedia contributors. " Sir Walter Clarges, 1st Baronet ." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. " CLARGES, Sir Walter, 1st Bt. (1653-1706), of Piccadilly, Westminster and Ashley, Surr. ", The History ...
  • Sir Charles Kemys Tynte, MP, 5th (and last) Baronet (1710 - 1785)
    Family and Education b. 19 May 1710, 3rd s. of Sir John Tynte, 2nd Bt., M.P., by Jane, da. of Sir Charles Kemys, 3rd Bt., M.P., of Cefn Mably; bro. of Sir Halswell Tynte. m. 9 Mar. 1738, Anne, da. of R...

The British Peers and Baronets Project seeks to bring together all persons in (or from) the United Kingdom with hereditary titles, excluding monarchs (who are already compiled under the "English and British Monarchs" Project).

The term "British" in this context is understood to include all titled peers and baronets in the United Kingdom (this includes all of Great Britain -- England, Scotland and Wales -- and Northern Ireland). Basically, if a subject of the British Crown possessed or possesses an hereditary title, ranging anywhere from duke down to baronet, they belong in this project.

Please note that just because a person's name is preceded by "Lord" or "Lady", it is no guarantee that they are a peer or baronet; for example, the children of some peers are styled "Lord..." or "Lady...", regardless of whether they ever inherit a peerage. Nor should "hons" ("the Honourable...") be included since this prefix is merely an honorific courtesy extended to the children of some peers and is not in itself a title. Finally, the only knights ("Sir..." or "Dame...") who should be included are baronets since, while baronetcy is a species of knighthood, it is usually heritable (the exception being the 20th century practice of bestowing life-baronetcies).

Finally, one matter that's potentially complicated, but I've attempted to make less so: when we think of peers and baronets, we normally think of *men*, although there were some women who possessed titles in their own right (perhaps 3% of all titles). However, when a woman is married to a peer or baronet, or is widowed, she possesses a courtesy title equivalent to theirs. She loses her courtesy title if she is divorced or is widowed and remarries a commoner. But instead of trying to examine each woman's profile to determine if she possessed her title independently of her (titled) husband, I think it's simpler just to include the wives and widows of peers and baronets here. It's erring on the side of granting some women courtesies they're not entitled to, but I'd rather do that than exclude some that *are* entitled. It's just my opinion, but unless there's a groundswell of opinion to the contrary, we'll try it that way.

(One confusing thing that's peculiar to British titles: the wife of an earl is called a "countess", but there are no "counts" in British peerage.)

If you are not certain that an individual legitimately possessed a title, do not include them.

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