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Written by Barbara
(9/11/2009 2:42 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Why a baronet?, penned by Graciela
As I said, many people believe he is. Since a knighthood is awarded for a particular service to the crown, it seems more probably that this title was inherited rather than earned in Sir John's case. The situation of his family having a not only a large estate but the largest and central estate named the same as the valley and the village nearby makes it more likely that this family has a hereditary title rather than a knighthood.
Just because she didn't specifically say he was a baronet doesn't mean he wasn't one. We could also argue that in the case of the Sirs who are knights, we are told that they are knights such as Sir William Lucas. Jane Austen also did not give Colonel Brandon or Mrs. Dashwood first names, but that doesn't mean they don't have first names.
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