No Dignity

Question for my Cousin Stuart Davies

March 8, 2017

…The Windsor Herald defined an Armiger for me recently – a person of eminence. Sir Edward Coke in the sixteenth century defined an Armiger as a member of the Gentry. This is the definition used by William Bortrick in including me in Burke’s Peerage and Gentry in 2012. The entry mentions Tudor Watkins, Baron Glyn Tawe.

“Emeritus, Armiger, or Esquire, is not, like those names given in the Statute 1 Edward VI, c7, s8, a name of dignity, but is (as is also, according to Sir Edward Coke, Gentleman or Yeoman) a name of worship, and cannot  be attached to any of the dignities mentioned in the Statute of Edward VI.—The different classes to whom the title of Esquire belongs are:—  1. The sons of all the peers and lords of parliament during the lives of their fathers; the younger sons of peers alter the death of their fathers; the eldest sons of the younger sons of peers and their eldest sons in perpetual succession. 2. Noblemen of other nations. 3. The eldest (and we think, if any, all the) sons of baronets, and the eldest sons of knights. 4. Esquires created expressly with a collar of SS., and spurs of silver—now obsolete. 5. Persons to whom the Queen gives arms by her own letters patent, with the title of Esquire. 6. Esquires of the Bath. and the eldest sons of those Esquires, pursuant to the statutes of the Order. 7. Barristers-at-law, by their office or profession. 8. Justices of the peace, and mayors, while in the commission, or in office. 9. Persons chosen  Esquires to the body of the Prince—now obsolete. 10. Persons attending on the Sovereign’s coronation in some notable employment, or persons employed in any superior office of  trust (where they have discretionary power, and are not, such as clerks, merely ministerial) under the Crown. or serving in some place of better note in the Queen’s household. 11, Persons who are styled Esquires by the Queen in their patents, commissions, or appointments, such as sheriffs of counties or captains in the army and navy. 19- Attorneys in colonies, where the departments of counsel and attorney are united.”

Sir Bernard Burke, A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire.

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4 Responses to “No Dignity”

  1. Interested Observer Says:

    Since we’re back to Coke, who Ron has repeatedly misconstrued and misquoted, here’s another inconvenient fact from the great jurist’s work:

    Coke’s entire discussion of the title of ‘gentleman’ – a term which, as I have previously commented, he does not even define – is predicated on the fact that a ‘gentleman’ is de facto not a member of the nobility. Indeed, it comes in a section of the text in which he is discussing commoners, those of non-noble rank. Ron’s repeated claim to be a member of the ‘untitled nobility’ is a contradiction in terms. If he’s a gentleman, according to Coke, he’s a commoner and therefore not a member of the nobility.

    So which are you, Ron? Gentleman or noble? If you claim to be both, you’re neither.

  2. Harry Hab Says:

    Hm, Ron’s mind does seem to go around in ever decreasing circles. Bad maths, wind mills, download stats, self-aggrandizement, bad maths… I have a feeling he sneaks peeks at Crackpot Watch, gets upset and angry, then repeats his talking points in his head until he recovers his mental equilibrium (such as it is) and gets it out there. But I wager that his mind cognitively dissonates with everything he encounters. So when he picks up Coke, he isn’t really reading, he’s just looking for morsels that show him that he’s been right all along. So no wonder he doesn’t spot section headings or other clues of context, as you point out!

    • crackpotwatch Says:

      Don’t forget his confused views on hydroelectric power, where he fails to grasp the difference between tidal barrages and tidal lagoons.

      • Harry Hab Says:

        Yes, or the fact that polders only cost energy to maintain as arable, inhabitable terrain. Wind mills have traditionally been a big part of that, over in the Low Countries. How’s his spelling in Welsh? Equally atrocious?

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