Barony Titles

Barony titles are reserved for a fortunate few clients.  It is estimated that just 300 feudal baronies ever existed in England, but it will only be possible for a few of these to made available through ourselves.

If you would like a Barony Title then please email us with your requirements.  It should be noted that due to their rarity prices start from £7,500.

Barony Title of Nocton

County: Lincolnshire

Parish: Not applicable

History from: 1068

History to: 1350

Of interest…

Norman Darcy, a soldier, is granted the barony of Nocton by William the Conqueror. It contains lordships from Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. It remained with the family until 1265 when Norman Darcy fought at the Battle of Evesham for the defeated barons. He had the barony confiscated along with his other lands. The following year with the Dictum of Kenilworth he has the barony returned. In 1283 Norman is summoned to Parliament as Baron Nocton, as was his son Philip from 1297 to 1307. Philip joined the revolt by Thomas, Earl of Lancaster against King Edward. He was taken prisoner at the Battle of Boroughbridge and had the barony confiscated. Philip has the barony restored to him and leaves it to his son and heir Norman. He serves as a Knight of the Shire and Member of Parliament for Lincolnshire. The barony is lost in 1350 when it is divided among heirs.

Price: £7,500 to become the 11th Baron and Baroness of Nocton

Barony Title of Abington

County: Northamptonshire

Parish: N/A

History from: Post Norman Conquest

History to: 1349

Of interest…

The Barony of Abington was first granted to Richard Engaine, William the Conqueror's artificer (weapons engineer). When he died the barony passed to his son also Richard. From him it passed to his son Vitalis (or Vital). Vitalis died without issue (childless) and the barony was taken by his widow Alice to her second marriage with Humphrey Bassingburn, who became baron by the right of his wife. Humphrey died and Alice married her third husband Nicholas Bassingburn (the son or her second husband from a previous marriage). He also became baron by the right of his wife. Nicholas died leaving a son and heir Humphrey the sixth baron. Humphrey joins Simon de Montford's rebellion and fought against King Henry at the Battle of Evesham. It was a crushing defeat for the barons. Humphrey loses the seat of the barony but later regains it by an agreement with the recipient from the Crown. In 1273 Humphrey got into financial difficulties but was relieved by the Dowager Queen Eleanor, who paid his debt to Elias a Jew of London, in exchange for some of his manors. He did retain Abington. Humphrey was succeeded by two further Humphreys. When the last Humphrey died, his three sons having pre-deceased him, his heir was his grand-daughter Margaret. She was married to Walter de Colvile who was a baron by writ and the feudal barony of Abington is not recorded again. Nearly 700 years had passed since the barony title was used prior to the current owner who acquired the rights through Manorial Counsel Limited.

Price: £10,300 to become the 10th Baron and Baroness of Abington (Being sold on behalf of a client)

Barony Title of Cogges

County: Oxfordshire

Parish: Not applicable

History from: 1076

History to: 1485

Of interest…

The Barony of Cogges is formed from the overlordships of the manors of Waddard who had accompanied William the Conqueror on his invasion of England. The first baron was a Norman, Manasser I de Arsic. He builds Cogges Castle by the river Windrush inside a defensive moat. The third baron is Manasser II who is also Sheriff of Oxfordshire. The forth baron Alexander pays £20 toward Richard the Lionheart's ransom. Alexander satisfies his military service due from the barony by fighting in Normandy. The fifth baron, Robert fights in Pitou, France. Robert sides with the barons against King John and is part of the famous defence force in Rochester Castle. When the castle falls Robert is taken prisoner and his lands confiscated. He is ransomed for funds to maintain Oxford Castle. On the accession of King Henry he recovers his lands and the barony. Robert attends King Henry at the siege of Bytham Castle. In 1230 Robert dies with no male heir and the barony is divided between his two daughters. One daughter sells her half to the other. The barony is sold to Walter de Gray, Archbishop of York who is appointed Guardian of England while King Henry is travelling in France. The nineth baron Sir Robert de Grey fights for Edward I in Wales. The tenth baron is summoned to Parliament as Baron Grey of Rotherfield. John fights at the Battle of Falkirk against William Wallace and the Scots. The eleventh baron falls from grace with King Edward. During an audience with the King he gets into an argument with Lord Zouche and draws a knife. Both lords and imprisoned but are later released. John fights for King David II of Scotland. In 1344 John is a founding member of the Most Noble Order of the Garter. John fights at the Battle of Crecy. The fifteenth baron is regarded as one of the wealthiest barons in England, who is not holding an Earldom or Dukedom. Sir Francis is made Constable of Wallingford Castle and at Richard III's coronation he bears the third sword of state. Sir Francis is appointed to guard the south coast to prevent the landing of Henry Tudor. He fights at the Battle of Bosworth Field and after the battle is lost he flees. His lands pass to the Crown and the barony is not granted again.

Price: £9,995 to become the 16th Baron and Baroness of Cogges

Barony Title of Ashby

County: Lincolnshire

Parish: Not applicable

History from: 1162

History to: 1572

Of interest…

Once used by the descendant of the Saxon King Aethelred the Unready. The previous Barons had been wardens and governors of Castle throughout Britain and even High Sheriff of Yorkshire. The 5th Baron was one of the Council of Fifteen responsible for ensuring King Henry III acceped the Provisions of Oxford (England's first written constitution). The 7th Baron comes to the aid of King Edward III who was short of money lending him wool from his Yorkshire estates. The 8th Baron was appointed an Admiral of the Fleet. The 9th Baron is made Keeper of the Forests north of the Trent.

Barony Title of Quarrendon

County: Buckinghamshire

Parish: Not applicable

History from: 1250 - The reign of Henry III

History to: 1297 - The reign of Edward I

Of interest…

In 1242 John Fitz Geoffrey, son of Geoffrey Fitz Piers, Earl of Essex becomes the 1st Baron of Quarrendon. He becomes Justicar of Ireland (Prime Minister). John becomes one of Henry III’s chief opponents and he is later named as one of the ringleaders alongside Simon de Montford of the revolution. He is one of the seven magnates whose confederation began the process of reform. He is also one of the twelve chosen Barons to reform the realm and one of the council of fifteen imposed on the King by the provisions of Oxford. John is succeeded by his son of the same name who becomes 2nd Baron of Quarrendon. He also becomes a leading supporter of Simon de Montford. He is appointed Sheriff of Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire in opposition to the Sheriff appointed by King Henry. View full comprehensive history under 'Further Information'