Scotland NobilityEdit This Page

From FamilySearch Wiki

(Difference between revisions)
(Added Category)
(<A script created by the FamilySearch Wiki Engineering Team modified a link on this page so it will not break when the Family History Library Catalog changes in late December.>)
 
(10 intermediate revisions by 7 users not shown)
Line 1: Line 1:
The nobility is a class of people who had special political and social status. Nobility is inherited or granted by the crown as a reward to persons who perform a heroic deed, have a notable achievement, or hold a prominent government position.
+
[[Image:Scotland Nobility.jpg|thumb|right|350x224px]]The nobility is a class of people who had special political and social status. Nobility is inherited or granted by the crown as a reward to persons who perform a heroic deed, have a notable achievement, or hold a prominent government position.  
  
British nobility has a well-defined order. The highest noblemen are peers, which include the titles (in descending rank) duke, marquis, earl, viscount, and baron. This is followed by the gentry, whose titles are baronet, knight, esquire, and gentleman. Both peers and gentry are entitled to bear coats of arms.
+
British nobility has a well-defined order. The highest noblemen are peers, which include the titles (in descending rank) duke, marquis, earl, viscount, and baron. This is followed by the gentry, whose titles are baronet, knight, esquire, and gentleman. Both peers and gentry are entitled to bear coats of arms.  
  
The noble class forms less than five percent of Scotland’s population. Scotland limited the growth of the noble class. The eldest son inherits the father’s title, and younger sons may or may not have lesser titles. When a nobleman dies without sons, the title lapses unless the crown awards the title to a daughter’s husband.
+
The noble class forms less than five percent of Scotland’s population. Scotland limited the growth of the noble class. The eldest son inherits the father’s title, and younger sons may or may not have lesser titles. When a nobleman dies without sons, the title lapses unless the crown awards the title to a daughter’s husband.  
  
Most family traditions of having a noble ancestor are not true since most noblemen did not emigrate. Contrary to popular belief, few nobles were disowned by family members for unacceptable behavior. Thus, most traditions of an ancestor being "erased" or "eliminated" from all records are unfounded.
+
Most family traditions of having a noble ancestor are not true since most noblemen did not emigrate. Contrary to popular belief, few nobles were disowned by family members for unacceptable behavior. Thus, most traditions of an ancestor being "erased" or "eliminated" from all records are unfounded.  
  
Illegitimate children were not entitled to noble status and are often not shown in family pedigrees. They may, however, have been granted a title and variation of the father’s coat of arms.
+
Illegitimate children were not entitled to noble status and are often not shown in family pedigrees. They may, however, have been granted a title and variation of the father’s coat of arms.  
  
Younger sons had the right to use the father’s coat of arms altered with cadency, a mark showing birth order.
+
Younger sons had the right to use the father’s coat of arms altered with cadency, a mark showing birth order.  
  
The records of peerage creations and related documents are kept at the Lyon Office (see the "[[Scotland Heraldry|Heraldry]]" section of this outline).
+
The records of peerage creations and related documents are kept at the Lyon Office (see [[Scotland Heraldry]]).  
  
There are many original records for noble families. These documents often are not available to the public, but you can accomplish most nobility research in secondary sources.
+
There are many original records for noble families. These documents often are not available to the public, but you can accomplish most nobility research in secondary sources.  
  
Noblemen were anxious to preserve their identity. Therefore, many kept records of their ancestry, some of which have been published. A number of published family histories also contain information about Scottish nobility. Use the Surname Search of the Family History Library Catalog to find references to family histories at the Family History Library.
+
Noblemen were anxious to preserve their identity. Therefore, many kept records of their ancestry, some of which have been published. A number of published family histories also contain information about Scottish nobility. Use the Surname Search of the Family History Library Catalog to find references to family histories at the Family History Library.  
  
A good source for information on Scottish families is:
+
A good source for information on Scottish families is:  
  
Paul, Sir James Balfour, ed.''The Scots Peerage,'' 9 vols. Edinburgh, Scotland: David Douglas 1904. (FHL book 941 D22p).
+
Paul, Sir James Balfour, ed.''The Scots Peerage,'' 9 vols. Edinburgh, Scotland: David Douglas 1904. (Family History Library&nbsp;book {{FHL|941 D22p|disp=941 D22p}}).  
  
The Family History Library has many records of noble families other than family histories listed in the Locality Search of the catalog under:
+
The Family History Library has many records of noble families other than family histories listed in the Locality Search of the catalog under:  
  
SCOTLAND - NOBILITY
+
SCOTLAND - NOBILITY  
  
SCOTLAND, [COUNTY] - NOBILITY
+
SCOTLAND, [COUNTY] - NOBILITY  
  
SCOTLAND - GENEALOGY
+
SCOTLAND - GENEALOGY  
  
GREAT BRITAIN - NOBILITY
+
GREAT BRITAIN - NOBILITY  
  
There are many other books which deal with noble families of Great Britain. Burke’s Peerage Limited has published many such books. To find Family History Library film numbers, look in the Author/Title Search of the catalog on microfiche under:
+
There are many other books which deal with noble families of Great Britain. Burke’s Peerage Limited has published many such books. To find Family History Library film numbers, look in the Author/Title Search of the catalog on microfiche under:  
  
BURKE, SIR JOHN BERNARD.
+
BURKE, SIR JOHN BERNARD.  
  
See also "[[Scotland Heraldry|Heraldry]]" and "[[Scotland Genealogy|Genealogy]]" sections of this outline.
+
See also [[Scotland Heraldry]] and [[Scotland Genealogy]].  
  
=== Web Sites ===
+
=== External Links  ===
  
Paul, Sir James Balfour, ed.''The Scots Peerage:''http://www.abyznewslinks.com/ukingsc.htm
+
*Paul, Sir James Balfour, ed.''The Scots Peerage:''http://www.abyznewslinks.com/ukingsc.htm  
 +
*[http://www3.dcs.hull.ac.uk/genealogy/royal/#BritishIsles Directory of Royal Genealogical Data]
 +
*Online genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe [http://thepeerage.com/ thepeerage.com/]
  
[[Category:Scotland]]<br>
+
{{Place|Scotland}}
 +
 
 +
[[Category:Scotland|Nobility]]

Latest revision as of 06:39, 7 January 2011

Scotland Nobility.jpg
The nobility is a class of people who had special political and social status. Nobility is inherited or granted by the crown as a reward to persons who perform a heroic deed, have a notable achievement, or hold a prominent government position.

British nobility has a well-defined order. The highest noblemen are peers, which include the titles (in descending rank) duke, marquis, earl, viscount, and baron. This is followed by the gentry, whose titles are baronet, knight, esquire, and gentleman. Both peers and gentry are entitled to bear coats of arms.

The noble class forms less than five percent of Scotland’s population. Scotland limited the growth of the noble class. The eldest son inherits the father’s title, and younger sons may or may not have lesser titles. When a nobleman dies without sons, the title lapses unless the crown awards the title to a daughter’s husband.

Most family traditions of having a noble ancestor are not true since most noblemen did not emigrate. Contrary to popular belief, few nobles were disowned by family members for unacceptable behavior. Thus, most traditions of an ancestor being "erased" or "eliminated" from all records are unfounded.

Illegitimate children were not entitled to noble status and are often not shown in family pedigrees. They may, however, have been granted a title and variation of the father’s coat of arms.

Younger sons had the right to use the father’s coat of arms altered with cadency, a mark showing birth order.

The records of peerage creations and related documents are kept at the Lyon Office (see Scotland Heraldry).

There are many original records for noble families. These documents often are not available to the public, but you can accomplish most nobility research in secondary sources.

Noblemen were anxious to preserve their identity. Therefore, many kept records of their ancestry, some of which have been published. A number of published family histories also contain information about Scottish nobility. Use the Surname Search of the Family History Library Catalog to find references to family histories at the Family History Library.

A good source for information on Scottish families is:

Paul, Sir James Balfour, ed.The Scots Peerage, 9 vols. Edinburgh, Scotland: David Douglas 1904. (Family History Library book 941 D22p).

The Family History Library has many records of noble families other than family histories listed in the Locality Search of the catalog under:

SCOTLAND - NOBILITY

SCOTLAND, [COUNTY] - NOBILITY

SCOTLAND - GENEALOGY

GREAT BRITAIN - NOBILITY

There are many other books which deal with noble families of Great Britain. Burke’s Peerage Limited has published many such books. To find Family History Library film numbers, look in the Author/Title Search of the catalog on microfiche under:

BURKE, SIR JOHN BERNARD.

See also Scotland Heraldry and Scotland Genealogy.

External Links


 

Need additional research help? Contact our research help specialists.

Need wiki, indexing, or website help? Contact our product teams.


Did you find this article helpful?

You're invited to explain your rating on the discussion page (you must be signed in).

  • This page was last modified on 7 January 2011, at 06:39.
  • This page has been accessed 5,248 times.