knight bachelor

pl. knights bachelors, knight bachelors.
bachelor (def. 3).
[1600-10]

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▪ British peerage
      most ancient, albeit lower ranking, form of English knighthood, with its origin dating to the reign of Henry III in the 13th century.

      The feudalization of England that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066 integrated the knights, then around 5,000 in number, into the new system. Most of the knights received lands from the barons they served. Half a century later, scutage (the payment of money in lieu of serving as a knight), prompted the appearance of landless knights, the “bachelery of England,” who would undertake the service owed to the barons by the subtenants. These landless knights were the forerunners of the knights bachelor, usually poor and often young, and fought under the command of a more senior knight. They did not belong to an order such as the Garter (Garter, The Most Noble Order of the) or the Thistle (Thistle, The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the), but they could be promoted to the status of “knight of the bath” (which did not become the Order of the Bath (Bath, The Most Honourable Order of the) until 1725) or be granted that status ab initio.

      James I of Great Britain created a registry in the 17th century for knights bachelor, but this eventually lapsed. The Imperial Society of Knights Bachelor, founded in 1908, has since attempted to obtain a uniform registration of every knight created. In 1926 a badge for knights bachelor depicting a sheathed sword between two spurs was approved and adopted, and in 1965 the ancient church of St. Bartholomew-the-Great, at Smithfield in London, became their chapel.

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