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ROYAL BARON and BARONESS MUCHLAND & TORVER (Rare held by Henry I, King Stephen, Henry VIII, Lady Jane Grey and Mary Queen of Scots)

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The Baron & Baroness of Muchland with Torver in the county of Lancaster.



Once held by 3 kings and 2 Queens of England. (Rare held by Henry I, King Stephen, Henry VIII, Lady Jane Grey and Mary Queen of Scots)

King Henry I
Henry I

King Stephen

Henry VIII

Queen Lady Jane Grey

And Mary Queen of Scots

Queen Lady Jane Grey held the Title through previous ownership of her father Henry Grey.

As Lady Jane Grey was the shortest ruling monarch of England only 9 days, with ownership to the Title before becoming Queen, this makes this Title very rare indeed.

The Title then came to Mary Queen of Scots.

The virtual dictator of England under the sickly young King Edward was John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland. By 1553 Edward was clearly unlikely to live much longer. Northumberland knew that if Edward’s sisters Mary or Elizabeth took the crown, his days in power would be over and Mary would restore Roman Catholicism. He decided to put his own family on the throne and in May he had the fifteen-year-old Jane married, against her will, to his fourth son, Lord Guilford Dudley, who was about the same age. Jane went straight back to her parents, but as the King grew weaker, Northumberland ordered the marriage to be consummated, and it was.

Northumberland persuaded the dying Edward to declare Mary and Elizabeth illegitimate and transfer the succession to the Lady Jane.

Mary and Elizabeth were summoned to the dying king’s side at Greenwich, where they could most easily be neutralised. Mary set out, but the shrewd Elizabeth took to her bed and said that she was ill.

Edward died on July 6th. Mary, on her way to Greenwich, was warned of the trap and rode pell mell for Norfolk. Elizabeth stayed in bed. The King’s death was kept quiet and on July 9th Jane was taken to Northumberland’s mansion outside London, Syon House at Isleworth, where the Duke, her husband and her parents were waiting with members of the council, who to her surprise treated her with immense deference. Northumberland announced that she was queen and she fainted before, with the utmost reluctance, accepting the throne ‘if what has been given to me is lawfully mine’. The following day she was proclaimed by heralds with flourishes of trumpets at various places in London, to the stony disapproval of the citizens. One man who incautiously said the Lady Mary had the better right had his ears cut off.

Jane continued going through the motions as queen in the Tower, but Northumberland had miscalculated badly. The Lady Mary was well liked (she had not burned anyone yet) and he was not. Mary’s support grew and she gathered a sizeable army, while Northumberland’s men deserted. So did the council in London. By July 18th only three of them – including Jane’s father – remained loyal to Northumberland. The others left the Tower on the improbable excuse of urgently needing to talk to the French ambassador and had the lord mayor of London proclaim Mary next day. Her father told Jane she was no longer queen and she said she was delighted to hear it and could she go home, please?

Poor Jane had been queen for nine days and there was no question of going home. She was held prisoner in the Tower while Northumberland was arrested and her parents hastily made their peace with Mary. Elizabeth left her bed of sickness and arrived in London on the 29th to greet the triumphant Mary, who reached Aldgate on August 3rd as trumpets blared, cannon boomed, bells rang and citizens cheered themselves hoarse.

Northumberland was executed for high treason three weeks later. Jane was considerately treated in the Tower, but when her father witlessly joined Sir Thomas Wyatt’s rebellion in January, Jane was considered too dangerous a focus of plots to be allowed to live. She and her husband went to the block on February 12th, 1554. She was sixteen years old.


TORVER Old Norse meaning Turf roofed buildings

Muchland was originally 'Michael's Land', which changed to 'Mickle Land' from the local version of Michael, which was confused with another local term from the Old Norse mikkel meaning 'great' and so became 'Much Land'.

The Area is famous for it’s ring of stones on  Birkrigg Common called locally “Druids’ Temple” which dates back to around 1700 BC.

There are even rumours of a Roman Fort in the area during their occupation.

Torver lies between the great range of the Coniston Fells, 2,000 to 2,500 ft. above the sea, striking northeast and south-west and a minor parallel range called Torver Back. Across this double ridge and depression the deep valley of the Black Beck or Torver Beck cuts diagonally from Gaits Water on the north to Sunny Bank, near the foot of Coniston Water, on the south.


In recent times the manor of Torver has been regarded as a member of Muchland lordship.

Once held by the following families:

de Lancaster

De Poitou
De Fleming

De Haringtons

De Furness



De Bonvillses



Such a rare Title held by 3 Kings and 2 Queens of England with the exceptional rare ownership of Lady Jane Grey.

The Title dates back to 1066 with a Druid’s Temple 3,700 years old, like a mini “Stonehenge”

Makes this title Rare and extremely valuable from a historical point of view.

ADD this Sterling Silver Noble's Crown normally £1,000 for 1/2 PRICE
ONLY £500 when purchased with this Title!