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formerly the title held by judges of the COURT OF EXCHEQUER.

BARON. This word has but one signification in American law, namely, husband: we use baron and feme, for husband and wife. And in this sense it is going out of use.
     2. In England, and perhaps some other countries, baron is a title of honor; it is the first degree of nobility below a viscount. Vide Com. Dig. Baron and Feme; Bac. Ab. Baron and Feme; and the articles. Husband; Marriage; Wife.
     3. In the laws of the middle ages, baron or bers, (baro) signifies a great vassal; lord of a fief and tenant immediately from the king: and the words baronage, barnage and berner, signify collectively the vassals composing the court of the king; as Le roi et son barnage, The king and his court. See Spelman's Glossary, verb. Baro.

COVERT, BARON. A wife; so called, from her being under the cover or protection of her husband, baron or lord.

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3) FitzGerald, Garret (1984) "Estimates for baronies of minimum level of Irish-speaking amongst the successive decennial cohorts, 1771-1781 to 1861-1871", in Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 84C (1984) pp.
Mainly his book was a passionate rejection of the economic system he saw flourishing in America during the late 19th century, before the great industrial baronies had been brought under control and before the day of meliorative labor legislation.
The couple, who have a 14-year-old son, Ludovic, decided to sell the Baronies to carry out restoration work on their 75-room country home and to revitalise the 400 acres of parkland which surrounds it.
1420-1497) headed the royal chapels of three successive kings of France while wielding seigneurial control over the baronies he held as tresorier of the ancient and powerful royal abbey of St-Martin of Tours.