HC Deb 10 October 1912 vol 42 c516
49. Mr. KING

asked whether the Order of Baronets was instituted by James I especially to improve the conditions in. Ulster and to prevent rebellion in that province; whether the duty imposed on original Baronets that each Baronet should provide thirty soldiers to maintain the Royal authority in Ulster is still incumbent on Baronets; and, if not, whether the Crown will be advised to renew this-ancient duty imposed on the Baronetage, so as to provide a sufficient force to meet all possible emergencies?


I am aware of the facts relating to the Institution of the Baronetage, but I am advised that no such duty as that suggested is incumbent on any Baronet now. The practice of payment fell into abeyance in the time of King Charles II., and its renewal does not seem practicable nor necessary.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there are 200,000 men in Ulster now pledged to maintain the Royal authority?


On that point will the right hon. Gentleman consult the very intellectual and able military expert the Ulster King at Arms?