A person wishing to be recognized as a Baronet must prove succession to the relevant dignity, to the satisfaction of the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice. Garter King of Arms provides a ruling to the Crown on whether each claim has been satisfactorily made out.

A claimant, who is also the holder of a peerage which devolves in exactly the same way as the baronetcy and who has been either issued with a Writ of Summons to the House of Lords or has his name on the Roll of the Peerage as holder of such peerage, will automatically be placed on the Official Roll of the Baronetage.

Guidance notes are provided on how to prove succession to a baronetcy; for baronetcies of Nova Scotia consult the Guidance notes here. Any person wishing to prove succession should in the first instance contact the Officer in Waiting. For general advice on the procedure, the evidence required, and the format of documents, should contact

Grant Bavister
College of Arms
130 Queen Victoria Street,
London EC4V 4BT
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For more complex claims advice should be sought from an officer of the College of Arms in London, the Court of the Lord Lyon in Edinburgh (for Baronetcies of Nova Scotia), or a solicitor.

Roll of the Baronetage

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