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Joseph Mitchell
Joseph Mitchell

Can You Buy A Lordship Title



Baronage Press claims the biggest-ever sell-off occurred in the last decade of Irish feudal baronies and lordships of the manor when six cash-strapped gentlemen offered up 32 titles through a London firm of auctioneers. Aspiring Royal members had the opportunity to buy titles in Carlow, Clare, Cork, Down, Galway, Kilkenny, Louth, Roscommon, and Sligo. Also offered up were titles from the Earl of Shrewsbury and Waterford with the alluring title of deputy lord high stewardship of Ireland.




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For years, selling these medieval titles has been a profitable business for poor aristocrats who may have lost ancestral land and mansions but have titles to spare. The titles would only allow buyers to call themselves Lord or Baron and apply for a coat of arms. They are not a British or Irish rank, do not have any rights to sit in the House of Lords, and almost all the original privileges and rights that might have applied to them centuries ago are gone.


With some of these old British titles, limited privileges may still be involved, such as grazing, sporting or fishing rights as well as permission to collect tolls or hold a fair. A British lordship of the manor bought by rocker star Bob Geldof only allows him to hold a fair. Even the Kardashian Klan was not immune to the lure of titles with Kourtney Kardashian's baby daddy Scott Disick becoming a "Lord" last year.


The price of titles also appears to be going down. Previously, the going price had been $10,000, but the latest 28 lordships are priced around $5,000. The Earl of Shannon and Lord DeFreyne have historically been the biggest sellers, with each offering nine titles. Both men have sold their heritage in the past.


Over the last ten years many titles have been listed and sold including; The Earl of Shannon who sold the lordships of Erylston and Monyho in County Kilkenny, Kilmehide in County Carlow, and Abbeystowry, Lislee Temple, Court McSherry, Raheens, Kilnaglary and Tubbrids in County Cork.


Lord DeFreyne sold the barony of Leitrim, Co. Galway, and the lordships of Chacefield in County Sligo, Ballyfintan and Monivea in County Galway, and High Lake, Cloonarrow, Derry, Caher and Brierfield in County Roscommon.


I decided to get to the bottom of this lucrative and often shady big business of buying and selling titles, I reached out to Richard Bradford who runs the website FAKE TITLES and he tells me: Unfortunately practically everything on the Internet is a scam, the only genuine title that you can buy is a Scottish Feudal Barony, which is why they start from about $100,000 upwards, though it is possibly limited as to how long the trade in those will be allowed. Scottish Feudal Baronies fetch a mighty price; the Barony of MacDonald was up for sale at over $2 million."


His website further contradicted my newly esteemed title. I guess the dinner parties and romantic entanglements with a handsome Duke or Duchess would disappear. Upon further investigation on the internet, you will be presented with an overwhelming offering of Titles in Britain for sale.


Upon further investigation, I found The Manorial Society of Great Britain, a leading auctioneer of authentic titles in Britain. They start at about $7,500 but can cost upwards of six figures. One of the biggest sales in recent years was the sale of the Lordship of the Manor of Wimbledon by Earl Spencer in 1996, for which he allegedly pocketed $250,000.


Robert Smith of the Manorial Society says he does not believe titles should be viewed as investments but accepts they can increase in value. He also points to the perks a title can offer such as fishing and mining rights and the prestige it may bring in business and private life.


The British peerage encompasses the titles of Baron, Viscount, Earl, Marquess, and Duke. No peerage titles are capable of being bought or sold. Many are known by the designation "Lord" and in Scotland, the lowest rank of the peerage is "Lord of Parliament" rather than "Baron".


A Lord (Laird) is a member of the gentry in Scotland and ranks below a Baron and above an Esquire. The designation of Laird is based on an inheritable property that has an explicit tie to the physical land. The title cannot be bought and sold without selling the physical land. The title also does not entitle the owner to sit in the House of Lords and is the Scottish equivalent to an English squire in that it is not a noble title, more a courtesy title meaning landowner with no other rights assigned to it. However, a Laird possessing a Coat of Arms registered in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland is a member of Scotland's minor nobility. The title Lord of the manor is a feudal title of ownership and is legally capable of sale.


My official Lordship of the Manor title is known as James Dobson, Lord of the Manor of County Roscommon. My rough plot of Irish land will forever remain close to my heart regardless of my fake title. Now I just need to marry a Prince and all will be well in my future royal kingdom.


This is also the case for some our other titles like our baron & baroness titles. Due to its distance from the English coastline, Sealand is classed as being outside British waters and has existed since 1943.


You will receive these packs with all of our titles, including our count and countess titles. Inside, we provide all the information you need to know about The Principality of Sealand, along with the eventful history of our location, the photos to show you the key areas of Sealand.


You could also take the option to purchase a piece of Sealand territory with your Lord title, which will help fund the preservation of this unique principality for years to come, while creating awareness of our location, and increasing recognition of our freedom and independence.


The spirit behind the title packs is to provide a fun and novel product for people who want to buy something a little different. Most people love the idea and the packs but we do appreciate that they may not be for everyone; for this reason we include a 30 day no quibble refund policy.


Our title packs are based on a historic English Lord of the Manor title that supports the legal right to use the honorific title Lord or Lady. Please note that we do not guarantee honorific title changes and government documents which do not display any title such as all passports (and in some jurisdictions drivers licences) cannot be updated. Our title packs and associated title rights are based on a historic Lord of the Manor title and have no connection to The House of Lords or British peerages. Within most legal jurisdictions, should you wish to change your honorific title to Lord or Lady (Lord or Lady of the Manor) then you can change this at any time, provided you do not intend to deceive or defraud another person or purport your title to be a peerage.


The estate is a beautiful 90 acre stretch of land situated on the west shore of Coniston Water and has been classified by Natural England as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). It is roughly four miles south of the village of Coniston, near the hamlet of Sunnybank. Each title pack comes with 5 square feet of dedicated land within the estate. This is a personal land dedication and does not constitute a transfer of land ownership. The land is protected subject to the existing natural environment in the name of the title pack owners.


The promotion made much of the financial benefits that would flow my way. As soon as my title was observed by people, went the argument, I would have 'red carpet' treatment - everything from private banking, flight upgrades and the best seats at restaurants and theatres to 'complimentary champagne' whenever I stayed at a hotel.


I became my new, ennobled self through Elite Titles, but I soon discovered I could have become a lord from one of dozens of websites selling similar titles. But here it gets murky. Titles for sale online start from as little as 18.95 from outfits such as Lord Titles (lordtitles.co.uk). But services that seem similar can cost thousands of pounds.


The application for my 195 budget version took minutes and I was promised that within five working days my application would be 'reviewed' and a title posted to me if it was deemed I could be ennobled.


I asked Robert Smith, chairman of the Manorial Society, which auctions authentic titles, what he thought of my purchase. 'What you have bought is just a fancy piece of paper - nothing but a change of name that you could have done with a solicitor for just 25,' he said. 'You are still Mr Walne and if you change your name in the way this paperwork suggests, you would be nothing other than Mr Lord T Walne.


I asked Charles Kidd, editor of Debrett's Peerage & Baronetage whether my new title merited a place in the prestigious book. Plain Mr Kidd said: 'Sorry, if you come to us with that sort of title there is only one place your details will be placed - and that is not in the book.


operates from the postal address of a photocopying shop in Newton Abbot, Devon. Bulpin, 47, says: 'We are positioned at the fun end of the market. If you want to change your title to lord, it is perfectly legal. And if others choose to give you benefits because of the title, that is their prerogative.'


Modern title sales were enabled by the 1922 Law of Property Act, which dispensed with the vestiges of feudal tenure but sometimes kept a few ancient rights, such as holding markets, fishing and choosing the vicar. It also allowed investors to purchase a title without buying land.


The Manorial Society is a leading auctioneer of authentic titles in Britain. They start at about 5,000 but can cost six figures. One of the biggest sales in recent years was the sale of the Lordship of the Manor of Wimbledon by Earl


Robert Smith of the Manorial Society says he does not believe titles should be viewed as investments, but accepts they can increase in value. He also points to the perks a title can offer such as fishing and mining rights and the prestige it may bring in business and private life. 041b061a72


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