Minutes of the meetings of the Committee of Baronets, and Committee of the Baronetage for Privileges, 1835-1848

Scope and Content

The collection comprises:

  • Signed minute books of meetings of the Committee of Baronets and its successor body, 1835-1848(MS 4/1/1, MS 4/2).
  • Loose printed and manuscript items including a printed copy of an address by Dr Broun on the subject of the baronets of Scotland and Nova Scotia receiving knighthoods 1840, a printed letter and tables by Lord Langford concerning the Peerage 1837, and a printed leaflet about the Committee of the Baronetage for Privileges 1840, 1835-1840 (MS 4/1/2-4/1/8).

In spite of the failure of the Committees, their records reflect the significance which membersof the Order in the 1830s and 1840s attached to their titles and status.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Committee of Baronets was appointed at a preliminary General Meeting of Baronets, held at theClarendon Hotel, Bond Street, London on 26th May 1835. The Meeting was instigated by Sir RichardBroun who put forward a case to the assembled Baronets arguing that the Baronets of Ulster and NovaScotia should have the chance to enjoy the honorary epithet of 'The Honourable' and to have thedesignation 'Knight and Baronet'.

Sir Richard Broun became the Secretary of the new Committee that, during the next few years,prepared various reports and submitted a number of petitions to the Crown for the privileges of thebaronetage. One of the most important of these was that presented to Queen Victoria on the occasionof her Coronation in 1838. It was largely the lack of success of the petition that brought about achange in the Committee.

At an adjourned General Meeting of the Baronets on 15th June 1840, the 'Committee of theBaronetage for Privileges' was founded. This was to be a permanent Committee 'with full authority toattend to, and act for, the common good and benefit of the Order in all matters appertaining to itsstate and dignity'. Sir Richard Broun became Secretary of the new Committee, which, despite therevised title and status, was as unsuccessful in extending the privileges of the baronetage as theoriginal Committee.

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Custodial History

The minute books were presented to University College Nottingham in 1932.