In Ireland, a territorial division, corresponding nearly to the English hundred, and supposed to have been originally the district of a native chief. There are 252 of these baronies. In Scotland, an extensive freehold. It may be held by a commoner.
Name given to administrative divisions of certain counties. (Frame, Robin. Colonial Ireland, 1169-1369, 144) Land held as a grant directly from the king. (Sayles, George O. The King's Parliament of England, 143) Related terms: Baron / Baronage / Cantred
A noble household with no less than 40 colors. A Baron rules baronies.