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baron

1. (in Europe from the Middle Ages) originally any tenant-in-chief of a king or other overlord, who held land from his superior by honourable service; a land-holding nobleman
2. a powerful businessman or financier
3. English law (formerly) the title held by judges of the Court of Exchequer

Baron

 

in Western Europe, a direct vassal of the king; later a noble title (feminine form, baroness). In Britain, where it is retained to this day, the title of baron is below the title of viscount, occupying the last place in the hierarchy of titles of the higher nobility. (In a broader sense the whole British higher nobility and the hereditary members of the House of Lords are barons.) In France and Germany this title was below the title of count. In the Russian Empire the title of baron was introduced by Peter I for the higher German nobility of the Baltic area.

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SITTING back in the library of Cameron House, a splendid baronial mansion overlooking the shores of Loch Lomond, it's easy to relax.
If it's not the Tescopolists picketing outside, or the disapproving glances of selected locals, or journalists from the Mail, The Guardian and local scribes scrabbling around for a sniff of a story in Tesco Terry's backyard, it's the prospect of his lordship popping down from the baronial manor for a pint of milk and 20 Benson & Hedges.
From 1842 until his death in 1857, 'Baron' Nathan was the somewhat eccentric Master of Ceremonies at the Baronial Hall, his most famous accomplishment being 'the egg hornpipe', but this entertaining spectacle was eventually abandoned due to over enthusiastic 'audience participation'.
The project, awarded GNA by Elad, developer and owner of The Plaza, encompasses the interior design of the new hotel lobby and public spaces, interiors of 178 private condominium residences, 152 hotel condominiums, 130 hotel suites, two model apartments--a $20,000,000, two-bedroom residence featuring baronial library and a $7,600,000 one-bedroom residence--and The Plaza sales office and design center located on-site in the landmark Edwardian Room overlooking Central Park and Fifth Avenue.
Many of these were 19th-century piles in the Scottish baronial style that was out of favour for much of the 20th century, and such houses were not therefore usually recorded by Country Life.
In the middle of October 2001, Ben Bonk, a CIA lifer, quietly entered a baronial home on Regent's Park in London for a meeting he hoped would be the start of something.
Through the agency of his cardinal-nephew, Paul V was able to force the purchase of the Villa Mondragone from the Altemps who, as members of Rome's second tier of baronial families, were of higher standing than the Borghese.
Melbye's scenery is perfect for the first act, giving James's family home an appropriate baronial grandeur--but the woodland scene of the second is rather too lush for a Scottish glen.
24 /PRNewswire/ -- Seven days are left in a bidding war online for a Scottish Castle with Baronial Titles.
This area is public domain and neither local or central government should have authority to transfer rights of access to a privileged few for private gain; otherwise we are in danger of returning to the dark ages of baronial dictatorship.
Instead, we are shown how the planting and uses of the land were charged with hierarchical social values dependent on antique and baronial models.