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Written by Barbara
(9/19/2005 11:19 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Another thought on the Book of books, penned by Barbara
There is a note there that reads:
Dugdale: Sir William Dugdale, The Ancient Usage in bearing of such Ensigns of Honour as are commonly called Arms With a Catalogue of the present Nobility of England ... (1682) Its preface states that a volume listing the current holders of the title of baronet-"this Title of dignity"-is particuarly necessary "to the end that those of whom no memorial upon Record is to be found, to justifie their right to this Title, may be known..." As a main purpose of the volume, therefore, was to determine who was and who was not entitled to call themselves baronet--with a strong implication that false claims were being made at the time--it would be particularly signifcant to any bona fide baronet to be "mentioned in the Dugdale"
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