857. Baronetcy.

The hereditary dignity of baronet was first instituted by James I in 1611, to be granted to those persons who should contribute to the expenses of the Plantation of Ulster1. In 1625 it was decided to encourage the Plantation of Nova Scotia in the same manner. There are now five classes of baronets, namely:

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    (1)     baronets of England, created between 1611 and 1707;

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    (2)     baronets of Ireland, created between 1618 and 1801;

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    (3)     baronets of Nova Scotia, created between 1625 and 1707;

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