What Does The Title "Baronet" Mean?


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Arun Raj Profile
Arun Raj answered
Baronet is the British hereditary rank of honour. It was first created by James I in the year 1611, to amass funds supposedly for support of troops in Ulster. The "baronet" is neither an order for knighthood nor is it a part of the peerage. In hierarchy, the baronet ranks below a baron but above all knights with the exception of the Knight of the Garter.

A baronet (female equivalent, a baronetess), is awarded its title "the baronetcy" by the British crown. Baronets make use of the title Sir" before their name. Though a knighthood is applied to an individual only, a baronetcy is hereditary. The eldest son of a baronet who is born through wedlock is entitled to the right of baronetcy upon the death of his father. However he is not officially recognized as a baronet until his name is on the Roll. Wives of baronets are not baronetesses. Women holding baronetcies in their own right in their own right are baronetesses. Baronetesses in their own right are called "dames" and wives of baronets use the title "Lady."
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Akshay Kalbag answered
A baronet is a member of the order of honour in the United Kingdom. It is the rank below that of a baron, but above that of a knight. It is the lowest rank in the British nobility. A baronet is always addressed as Sir followed by the name. The common abbreviations for Baronet are Bart or Bt. Bart is the traditional abbreviation of the title baronet, but in modern-day usage, the word baronet is abbreviated as Bt.

Baronetcy is a hereditary honour, in the sense that the holder of the title and his future generations will all be addressed as Sir. The rank of baronet was originally introduced in the year 1611 by King James I of England to raise funds. Baronetcy does not amount to a peerage. The rank of a baronet is often incorrectly confused, and even interchanged, with that of a baron, but they are two different titles.

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