Guide to British Titles
There are five grades of the Peerage; Duke, Marquess, Earl, Viscount, and Baron. These titles can only be inherited, normally by the eldest son, or be bestowed upon an individual by the state. It is not possible to purchase any of these titles.
These have been issued since 1958 and cannot be passed down the family line.
Entitling the individual to use the prefix Sir, these are hereditary titles and cannot be purchased.
A Knighthood is awarded by the state only and is not hereditary. It is not possible to purchase a knighthood.
Scottish Feudal Baron
A Scottish Feudal Barony can be bought through an agent and the owner is entitled to use the title '(name) Baron of (placename)'.
English and Irish Feudal Baronies
English Feudal Baronies were abolished in England in 1660 by Act of Parliament and a similar Act was passed in Ireland two years later.