The History of Leith

December 8, 2012

Scottish feudal barony

A Scottish feudal barony (also known as prescriptive barony) used to be attached to a particular piece of land on which is the “caput” (Latin meaning ‘head’), or the essence of the barony, normally a building, such as a castle or manor house. Accordingly, the owner of the piece of land containing the “caput” was the Baron or Baroness.

Unlike England’s system of hereditary peerages – which are, in the main, passed down the male line – Scottish feudal baronies may be passed to any person, of either sex, by inheritance or conveyance. for more click here

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