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Historical facts on Titles
Manorialism called Feudalism in medieval times. It was the organizing principle of rural economy that originated from Roman farming in the Roman villa system, the late Roman empire, and was widely practiced in medieval western and parts of central Europe as well as China. They were called “Land Lords”, still used today to describe a person renting out land or property.
Manorialism was the vesting of legal and economic power in a Lord of the Manor, supported economically from his own direct landholding in a manor (sometimes called a fief), and from the obligatory role of the peasant population under the jurisdiction of the Lord and his manorial court. These obligations could be payable in several ways, in labor (the French term corvée is conventionally applied), in kind, or, on rare occasions, in money.
As the Germanic kingdoms succeeded Roman authority in the West in the fifth century, Roman landlords were often simply replaced by Germanic ones, with little change to the underlying situation or displacement of populations.
Manorialism died slowly with the shift of power from the Lords to the peasants leaving the land to seek employment in cities which paid more.
The once powerful Lord with peasants working his land like slaves to be able to grow their own food for their family on land within the Lord’s Manor was changing.
“To make ends meet” is a famous saying even today, it came from this medieval time where the peasant had to have enough food to last the end of one crop to meet the beginning of the new crop.
In England they are called Manors, in France they are called Seigneurs. The Lord held a court “Manorial Court” to deal with local civil and minor offences, anything serious they were sent to the “Baron’s Court”. A county was divided into areas called “Hundreds” (as it was believed you could get one hundred manors into the area). Each hundred had a “Principal Lordship or Barony as the “Baron’s court” was held there. Some of these Baronies were nobility Barons granted by the King (Baronet), others were just principal Lordships of the manor.
After the industrial revolution farm workers became factory workers and the whole manorial system collapsed. Lords of the Manor now had to employ farm workers for their land, often giving them a “Tied Cottage” to live in free of rent.
With the end of the first World War the class system was breaking down. Many Lords of the Manor did not use their titles any more.
In 1925 the Law of Property act was introduced and then amended due to a high court case Beaumont vs Jeffreys which separated the Land from the Title in England and Wales, therefore all Lordships and Baronies Titles have been separate from the land itself since 1925. Land is regarded by law as corporeal property (tangible).
Feudal Titles such as Lordships of the Manor and Baronies are legally classified as “Incorporeal hereditaments”, as such the word “incorporeal” means intangible, therefore by logic goods that are tangible, and intangible are by their very nature different (separate) as defined by the Law of Property Act 1925.
Who can buy?
Legally regarded as “Property” any nationality can purchase a Manorial/Feudal Title.
How are Titles transferred?
Titles are transferred through Lawyers/Solicitors by means of a conveyance deed similar to the deed used to transfer a house or apartment.
How long does it take?
It normally takes 7-10 days to complete, however once you have paid you can start using the Title straight away. It will be shipped by international courier as fast as possible.
Where can I use it?
Most people put the Title on their Bank cards, cheque books, business cards, letterheads etc.…
Some countries will allow a notice on Passports as well, however it is normally on the observation page.
Does it come with a Coat of Arms?
What are the advantages of a Title?
All our Titles are Inheritable
Able to pass by inheritance to one of your children (if you have more than one child then it’s a good idea to buy more than one title so every child will inherit a Title)
Social Status -Titled people experience a higher status of respectability and a higher class of standing in the community. Socially a Lord or Lady is a preferred person to know and be associated with, business wise a Lord or Lady command’s a status of trust, that of a gentleman, part of the establishment or aristocracy of the high classes. Lords and Ladies get invited to more social events.
Good for Business – A Title opens doors of opportunity. Everyone loves to name drop, “I know Lord and Lady of Kensington personally” or “Lord / Lady Jones is my photographer”. Private people and companies will want to do business with you because you are a Lord or Lady.
Financial Advantage – Banks and Financier’s credit score Lords and Ladies as low risk, as they are unlikely to default on loans due to the jeopardy of their reputation. Therefore, financially, Lords and Ladies obtain better credit facilities than Mr. and Mrs.
Service – As a Lord or Lady you will notice a better attitude bestowed on you with your new Title, generally people in service industries (Hotels, Restaurants, Travel etc…) treat Lords and Ladies with a noticeable degree of extra respect. It’s like being part of the aristocracy or a celebrity.
What Titles can be Purchased
Manorial Titles conforms with the “Honours Prevention and Abuses Act 1925”. Only Manorial/Feudal Titles from England may be purchased legally, Peerage Titles (granted by the Queen) are not legal to sell.
Types of English Titles
Lordship of the Manor
Lordships of the Manor are called ‘manorial’ due to their rights of manor. With recent law changes 99% of bygone lordships no longer have ‘manorial rights’ unless they are registered at the land registry. Less than 1% are registered, therefore, most lordships only come with right to use the title only. With the introduction of the Law of Property Act 1925 and the president case Beaumont vs Jeffries where the ‘Title’ became separated from the land itself nearly 95% of lordships and prescriptive barony titles after 1925 were abandoned or disappeared (lapsed). This forced a legal situation some years later whereby legal documentation was required to reclaim the ‘right of peaceful enjoyment and use of the title only’ “use of the styled Titled name and legend”; legally after 40 years all manorial rights would revert to the crown.
Most common manorial rights
1. Hunting and fishing rights
2. Mineral rights (gold, silver, copper, oil)
3. Right of Fair (the right to hold a market)
4. Waist lands (rights over ditches at the side of the road)
5. Toll roads (right to charge Toll fees over bridges or roads)
Lord = Male (Husband, father, son)
Lady = Woman (wife, mother or daughter)
Children = no title
Forms of Address:
In writing: John Smith Lord of Blute
Lord John Smith
Lord John Smith of Blute
Lord Smith of Blute
Or simply: “My Lord”
Feudal Barony Titles
A Feudal Barony is not a Baronet title granted by the monarchy, although very similar as they both were given with land holding. A Baronet would have a seat in the “House of Lords” to vote on laws of England and Wales, whereas a feudal Baron does not have a seat. A prescriptive barony is a principal Lordship holding a major judicial court called a “Court Baron”. All major Lordships of the Manor held court for minor crimes. The nearest “Court Baron” was for more major capital crimes of murder, theft, poaching etc.
Baron = Male (Husband, father, son)
Baroness or Lady = Woman
(wife, mother or daughter)
Children = no title
Baron John Smith of Blute
Baron Smith of Blute
Or simply: “My Lord Baron”