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A baronet is the holder of a title of honor (a baronetcy) invented by King James I in 1611 to raise funds. It is a hereditary title, but is not a peerage title.

A baronet is entitled to be knighted, and to have his eldest son knighted when the latter reaches the age of maturity. However this practice has fallen out of fashion.

Baronetcies, with a few exceptions, can only be inherited by, or inherited through, males.

Baronet is not a peerage title and does not disqualify the holder from standing for election to the British House of Commons. However since 1999 nor do hereditary peerages, so the distinction has become historical. British Baronets can be found in Burke's Peerage and Baronetage.

Some notable baronets:

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