Gentry

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Gentry denotes "well-born and well-bred people" of high social class. In its widest connotation, it refers to people of good social position connected to landed estates, upper levels of the clergy, and "gentle" families of long descent who never obtained the official right to bear a coat of arms.


Below is the traditional gentry of the British isles illustrated through surnames, titles, regional variances of ancestry and portrait art in varying epochs.

The portraits (below) are illustrations of the Swedish gentry.

The Baltic Gentry consisted of various nationalities and depended for example extensively on the Swedish Empires or Russian Empires cultural and administrative representation in the Baltics

Ecclesiastical gentry