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.
Elizabeth de Clare
His Lordship Bishop William Smyth
Lady Margaret Beaufort
Margaret Pole, 8th Countess of Salisbury
Walter Devereux, 1st Earl of Essex
Philip Howard, 20th Earl of Arundel
Sir Jonathan Trelawny, 3rd Baronet
Benedict Calvert, 4th Baron Baltimore
Sir John Acton, 6th Baronet
Lady Elizabeth Hamilton, Countess of Derby
Charles Gordon-Lennox, 5th Duke of Richmond and Lennox