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Saturday, July 23, 2005

Nobility Ain't What It Used to Be: Part 2

From The (London, U.K.) Sunday Times of July 24, 2005:

Experts attack sale of ‘bogus’ Barony of Clare for €90,000

John Burns

A BRITISH lord is selling the Barony of Clare through a London auctioneers, with an asking price of £60,000 (€86,000). But Irish experts say the title is bogus, and there is no evidence that the former Conservative peer’s family ever used it.

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. . . Irish experts have disputed the claims being made for the barony. “In the light of the Abolition of Feudal Tenures Act of 1662, how it can be claimed that feudal titles still exist today in Ireland as hereditaments to be bought and sold?” said Sean J Murphy, a leading genealogist.

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Kenneth Nichols, a former history professor in University College Cork, said: “If people want to assume a bogus barony, they could do it themselves without paying any money to Robert Smith [of Manorial Auctioneers].”

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