Posted by Laura W on July 08, 1998 at 15:47:45:
In response to English Titles of Nobility, written by JenniferB. on July 06, 1998 at 22:27:08
] In Jane Austen's time, were titles of nobility given out becuase of deeds people have done. For example, how did Sir William Lucas become a knight? I know that some were hereditary. Thanks for any help you can give me, I was just curious about this. Also, about how many people of that time period actually held titles?
Knighthoods aren't hereditary; a barontecy, however, is for all practical purposes an hereditary knighthood. Neither knights nor baronets are nobles, because they are not peers.
At my titles site, link below, you will find a table listing the numbers of each type of hereditary peerage which existed in 1818.
- Link: Laura's Titles Site
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