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British Peers and Baronets

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  • George Finch, 9th Earl of Winchilsea (1752 - 1826)
    Major, 87th Regiment of Foot 1779 and Lt Col 1780; a Lord of the Bedchamber (Tory) 1777-1812; Lord Lieutenant of Rutland 1779-1826; Member of the Board of Agriculture 1793; Privy Councillor 1...
  • Sir David Hay of Lochorwart & Yester (c.1400 - 1478)
    Sir David Hay, Sheriff of Peebles, 1st Lord Yester1,2 M, #31418, d. between 3 April 1478 and 2 September 1478 Father Sir William Hay d. b Aug 1421 Mother Alicia Hay Sir David Hay, Sheriff of Pe...
  • Sir Arthur Chichester, 1st Baronet (1769 - 1847)
    " CHICHESTER, Arthur I (1769-1847), of Greencastle and Castlecary, co. Donegal and 15 Sackville Street, Mdx. ", The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1820-1832, ed. D.R. Fisher, 2009
  • Sir John Stryvelyn, 1st & Last Baron of Belsay (c.1315 - 1378)
    !John de Stryvelin had summons the 16 Edw. III. along with Divers earls and barons to a great council to be holden at Westminster, which was afterwards prorogued. Subsequently he was summonded from the...
  • Sir Frederick Dixon-Hartland, 1st Baronet (1832 - 1909)
    Wikipedia contributors. " Frederick Dixon-Hartland ." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Burke, Bernard, Sir. A genealogical and heraldic history of the landed gentry of Great Britain & Ireland 6th ed...

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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