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John Q. and Laurel ---
I can help a little with your question #2 ; You wrote ::
2. If the Sinclairs were so important to Malcolm and Margaret , why didn't
William the Seemly get a better title than just "baron"? Question for FAQ
The answer may lie in a better understanding of the titles themselves ----
focus on the thought you expressed of ""better title than just "baron " "" .
First , the older titles did not have the plurality common to latter times !
That is to say , the oldest , most relevant titles were Baron and Earl .
Other titles were
" invented " much later i.e. Duke , Marquess, Viscount , etc. !!!
However , these later " inventions " were not indicative of more real power
and that perhaps helps explain why there were often multiple titles held by
an individual ; that is to say the lands , castles , powers and priviledges
were incumbent in the " older " titles .
A grant usually was of TITLE which was accompanied by LAND , POWERS ,
PRIVILEDGES , RIGHTS , DUTIES , etc.
And yes , before anyone is confused , I am purposely NOT addressing WARLORD ,
KING , HIGH KING , MORMAEIR , etc . .
Thus , you may find , that at the time period you are looking at for William
the Seemly, the title of Baron was no small thing -- even later , it was the
BARONS who forced the King to outline their " POWERS " in writing , in the
MAGNA CARTA -- this document was not the rights of the lower or the middle
class but rather those rights of the great landowners , the BARONS !!!
For an example . look at Prince Henry -- Knight , Baron of Roslin , Jarl (
EARL ) of Orkney , etc. The lands , castles , etc, were separate items .
Perhaps a better example was ROLLO -- he was " COUNT OF ROUEN " and that was
a sufficient title to indicate his great power and vast LANDHOLDINGS .
MISC"L data --
(1) " Until the reign of Edward the III , the Peerage consisted only of
ecclesiastics , earls and barons . The EARLS WERE BARONS .... and
names always appear on the rolls before those of the barons ."
( 2) "Today there exists no Scottish dukedom , marquessate or viscounty
before the reign of James the VI . of Scotland . .....There are now
Scottish Peerages in all -- 63 were created after James accession ".
As you can see , when he was created a " Baron " , William joined a very
small and very exclusive group !!!
Laurel , I provided most of the preceding from memory but I am sure of its
accuracy -- I will be glad to look up sources to sustantiate everything or
allow anyone to expand the detail , but I didn't want the letter to become
too long or to obscure the relevant facts. .
Regards to all
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