The dignity of a life peer does not descend to his heirs; he is entitled to rank as a baron only during his life1.
In contrast, a hereditary peerage is an incorporeal and impartible hereditament, inalienable and descendible according to the words of limitation contained in the grant2. A baronetcy is not one of the degrees of peerage3, but it is nevertheless an incorporeal hereditament descendible in accordance with the grant4. Each successive heir to a hereditary peerage takes under the original grant. A declaration of legitimacy obtained pursuant to the provisions of the Legitimacy Declaration Act 1858 (now repealed)
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