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A Baronet is the lowest order of the peerage, a status that is protected by law. A Baronet, strictly speaking, isnít a peer at all and the holder of the title Baronet is not excluded from sitting in Parliament.  A Baronet is titled Sir Forename Surname Bt. A Baronetís wife is either a Lady or a Dame, the choice lying with the Baronet and his wife.  A Baronetcy is hereditary, passing from the holder of the title to the eldest male heir on the holderís death.  The children of a Baronet do not have any special title.

The title of Baronet was introduced by King James I in 1611 as a means of extracting money from the rich whilst keeping them from the House of Lords.