Category: Peerage of England

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Peerage of England
The Peerage of England is the "barons" or lords traditionally summoned to parliament, and it consists of all peerages created in the Kingdom of England before the Act of Union in 1707. Since the Union, no new titles have been created in the Peerages of England and Scotland, but instead in the Peerage of Great Britain and later the Peerage of the United Kingdom. English Peerages retain their status and seniority - see Order of Precedence in the Honours System of the United Kingdom.

Until the passage of the House of Lords Act 1999, all Peers of England could sit in the House of Lords (but Peeresses of England were only granted seats in 1963).

Ranks of the English peerage are:

Female Inheritance
While most newer English peerages descend only in male line, many older ones (particularly older baronies) can descend through females. Under English inheritance law all daughters are co-heirs, so many older English peerage titles fell into abeyance between various female co-heirs.

Not a Peer:

  • Baronets, while holders of hereditary titles, are not peers and the grant does not confer nobility.

See The standard and usually authoritative reference is Complete Peerage, 2nd edn, 1910-1998, by Gibbs, Doubleday and others, 14 vols in 15.

This superseded Complete Peerage, 1st edn, by G.E Cokayne, 8 vols.

Other useful works include:

Collins's Peerage of England

Brydges, Egerton. (1812). Collins's Peerage of England: genealogical, biographical, and historical. London. (various editions; available in nine volumes):
  1. Vol 1 - showing blood royal, and part of the dukes;
  2. Vol 2 - rest of dukes and all marquises;
  3. Vol 3 - earls to end of 17th century;
  4. Vol 4 - earls from start of 18th century to death of George II
  5. Vol 5 - earls from accession of George III;
  6. Vol 6 - viscounts and barons whose honours existed before Queen Elizabeth died
  7. Vol 7 - barons from accession of James I to end of Coalition Ministry in 1783;
  8. Vol 8 - barons from start of Mr. Pitt's ministry 1784, to end of 18th century;
  9. Vol 9 - barons from start of 19th century and Union of Ireland; and short extinct peerage from accession of Henry VII with account of peerage claims.

The Official Baronage of England

Doyle, (1866). The official baronage of England: showing the succession, dignities, and offices of every peer from 1066 to 1885, with sixteen hundred illustrations. London. (three volumes)"
  1. Vol 1;
  2. Vol 2;
  3. Vol 3.

The Complete baronetage

Cokayne, G.E. (1900), covers Baronetage in five volumes, four are applicable to this Peerage.
  1. Vol 1 -English baronetcies, 1611-1800,1618-1625;
  2. Vol 2 - English, Irish and Scottish, 1625-1649;
  3. Vol 3 - English, Irish and Scottish, 1649-1664;
  4. Vol 4 -English, Irish and Scottish, 1665-1707;
  5. Vol 5 - Great Britain and Ireland, 1707-1800, and Jacobite, 1688-1788.

The Baronage of England
Dugdale. The Baronage of England: or an historical account of the lives and most memorable actions of our English nobility in the Saxons time to the Norman conquest, and from thence, of those who had their rise before the end of King Henry the Third's reign deduced from publick records, antient historians, and other authorities - Note that this work sometimes borders on fanciful.

For Dormant and Extinct Baronage see Thomas Banks:

Banks, T. (1807). The Dormant and Extinct Baronage of England or an historical and genealogical account of the lives, public employments, and most memorable actions of the English nobility who have flourished from the Norman conquest. London. (three volumes):
  1. Vol 1;
  2. Vol 2;
  3. Vol 3.

For an account of all Baronies in Fee see Thomas Banks:

Banks, T. (1844). Baronia Anglica Concentrata: or, A concentrated account of all the baronies commonly called baronies in fee; deriving their origin from writ of summons, and not from any specific limited creation, whereto is added The proofs of parliamentary sitting, from the reign of Edw. I to that of Queen Anne; also A glossary of dormants English, Scotch, and Irish peerage titles. London. (two volumes):
  1. Vol 1
  2. Vol 2.

Wikipedia: Peerage of England

peer list with links to various titles.

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Person Profiles (16)

B

25 May 1793 England - 26 Apr 1870 photo

C

14 Apr 1738 Nottinghamshire, England - 30 Oct 1809 photo

H

19 Jun 1861 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh - 29 Jan 1928 photo
13 Jun 1809 Rockfield, Monmouthshire, Wales - 23 Nov 1868
bef 03 Jun 1689 Brampton Bryan, Herefordshire, England - 16 Jun 1741 photo
1699 Eywood Estate, Titley, Herefordshire, England - 11 Apr 1755

H cont.

02 Sep 1726 Westminster, London, England - 11 Oct 1790 photo
05 Dec 1661 Westminster, London, England - 21 May 1724 photo
abt 1548 Brampton Bryan, Herefordshire, England - Mar 1631 photo

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abt 1686 Ganton, Yorkshire, England - bef 26 May 1735
Apr 1596 Herstmonceux Castle, Sussex, England - bef 20 Aug 1630

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18 Mar 1902 Partick, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom - 03 Jun 1982 photo

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18 Sep 1582 Kirtling, Cambridgeshire, England - 16 Jan 1665 photo

P

abt 1600 Thoralby, Yorkshire, England - bef 1647 photo

R

03 Jan 1785 London, England - 14 Jan 1868

S

27 Jan 1860 Hanover Square, Mayfair, Middlesex, London, England - 09 Jul 1943 photo




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