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British Peers and Baronets

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  • Sir Richard Harington, 12th Baronet (1861 - 1931)
    Sir Richard Harington, 12th Baronet (3 March 1861 – 1 February 1931). Harington was the eldest son of Sir Richard Harington, 11th Baronet, and was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford. Cal...
  • Sir John Conway, MP, 2nd (and last) Baronet (1663 - 1729)
    Family and Education b. c.1663, 1st s. of Sir Henry Conway, 1st Bt.†, of Bodrhyddan by Mary, da. and coh. of Sir Richard Lloyd† of Esclus Hall, Denb. educ. Eton 1678; Christ Church, Oxf. ...
  • Sir Henry Conway, MP, 1st Baronet of Bodrhyddan (1635 - 1669)
    Family and Education bap. 22 Feb. 1635, 2nd but 1st surv. s. of William Conway of Bodrhyddan by Lucy, da. of Thomas Mostyn of Rhyl. m. 7 Apr. 1661, Mary, da. of Sir Richard Lloyd I of Esclus Hall, Denb...
  • Sir Charles Gerard, MP, 3rd Baronet (1654 - 1701)
    Family and Education b. 16 Aug. 1653, 1st s. of Sir Francis Gerard, 2nd Bt.†, of Clement’s Inn by Isabel, da. of Thomas Cheke† of Pirgo, Havering, Essex. m. 10 Feb. 1676, Honora, d...
  • Sir Gilbert Gerard, MP, 1st Baronet of Harrow on the Hill (1587 - 1670)
    Family and Education b. 23 Oct. 1587, 1st s. of William Gerard of Flambards by Dorothy, da. of Anthony Radcliffe, Merchant Taylor, of London. educ. ?Trinity Coll. Camb. 1602. m. c.1614, Mary, da. of Si...

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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