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BARONY

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Originally appearing in Volume V03, Page 424 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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BARONY, the domain of a baron (q.v.). In Ireland counties are divided into " baronies," which are equivalent to the " hundreds " (q.v.) in England, and seem to have been formed out of the territories of the Irish chiefs, as each submitted to English rule (General Report of the Census of England, iv. 181, 1873). In Scotland the term is applied to any large freehold estate even when held by a commoner. Barony also denotes the rank or dignity of a baron, and the feudal tenure " by barony."
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