What is Baronet?

  • (noun): A member of the British order of honor; ranks below a baron but above a knight.
    Example: "Since he was a baronet he had to be addressed as Sir Henry Jones, Bart."
    Synonyms: Bart


A baronet (traditional abbreviation Bart, modern abbreviation Bt) or the rare female equivalent, a baronetess (abbreviation Btss), is the holder of a hereditary baronetcy awarded by the British Crown. The practice of awarding baronetcies was originally introduced in England in the 1300s and was used by James I of England in 1611 in order to raise funds.

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Baronet - In Fiction
... Year" Sir Michael Mont, John Galsworthy's The Forsyte Saga Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd, the living baronet, and Sir Despard Murgatroyd, his younger brother, who ...
Kniveton Baronets, of Mercaston (1611)
... Sir William Kniveton, 1st Baronet (died 1632) Sir Gilbert Kniveton, 2nd Baronet (died 1641) Sir Andrew Kniveton, 3rd Baronet (died 1669) Sir Thomas Kniveton, 4th Baronet (died 1706) ...
Hobhouse Baronets
... His eldest son, the second Baronet, was a prominent writer and Liberal politician and notably served as Chief Secretary for Ireland and as President of the Board of ... extinct, while he was succeeded in the baronetcy by his nephew, the third Baronet ... The latter's son, the fourth Baronet, was also a noted Liberal politician and held office as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and as Postmaster General ...
Armstrong Baronets
... The third Baronet was High Sheriff of King's County in 1914 ... Andrew Armstrong, ancestor and namesake of the first Baronet, settled in County Fermanagh in the early 17th century ... title became extinct on the death of the third Baronet in 1944 ...
Nicholson Baronets, of Luddenham (1859)
... Sir Charles Nicholson, 1st Baronet (1808-1903) Sir Charles Archibald Nicholson, 2nd Baronet (1867-1949) Sir John Charles Nicholson, 3rd Baronet (1904-1986) ...