King James I created the hereditary Order of Baronets in England on 22 May 1611, for the settlement of Ireland. He offered the dignity
to 200 gentlemen of good birth, with a clear estate of £1,000 a year, on condition that each one should pay a sum equivalent to three years' pay to 30 soldiers at
8d per day per man (total – £1,095) into the King's Exchequer. A Baronet is British hereditary title of honour, ranking below a baron.
The Baronetage of England
comprises all baronetcies created in the Kingdom of England before the Act
of Union in 1707. In that year, the Baronetage of England and the Baronetage of Nova Scotia were replaced by the Baronetage of Great Britain.
The extant baronetcies are listed below in order of precedence (i.e. date). All other baronetcies, including extinct, dormant
(D), unproven (U), under review (R) or forfeit, are on a separate list of baronetcies.
The baronetcy lists include any peerage titles
which are held by the baronet.
To be recognised as a baronet, it is necessary to prove a claim of succession. When this has been done, the name is entered on The Official Roll. This was ordained by Royal Warrant in February 1910. Those who have not
so proven are shown below as unproven or under review or dormant. A baronetcy is considered dormant if, five years after the death of the previous incumbent, no heir has come forward to claim it.
The current Baronet, Sir Christopher Tuite is the head
of that family line.
The Tuite Baronetcy, of Sonna (An Sonnach) in the County of Westmeath, is a title in the Baronetage of Ireland. It was created on 16 June 1622 for Oliver Tuite. At the time of the Norman
Invasion of Ireland, Henry II granted to Hugh
de Lacy, 1st Earl of Ulster, the lands of Ó Maoilsheachlainn, king of Meath in return for the service of 50 Knights. As one of de Lacy's barons Risteárd
de Tiúit received large grants in Westmeath and Longford. His descendants became the barons of Moyashell, in Westmeath. De Lacy conferred on the Tuite family the castle of O'Casey (Irish Ó
Cathasaigh), chief of Saithne, now "Sonnagh," in Westmeath. The seventh Baronet was murdered at Sonnagh. This senior branch of the family became Protestant in
order to hold on to their lands and in the early twentieth century moved to Britain. The Sonnagh estate is today in ruins outside the town of Ballynacargy in County Westmeath.
Hugh Tuite, Member of Parliament for Westmeath, was gazetted a baronet, "of Sound in the County of Westmeath", on 3 July 1838, which
was reported in The Times on 4 July. However, it appears that the announcement was an error and
on 6 July a notice appeared in The Gazette that the creation of the baronetcy was "not to take place."
Sir Christopher Hugh Tuite, 14th Bt.1
M, #597412, b. 3 November 1949
He was educated at Wellington College, Crowthorne, Berkshire, England
graduated from Liverpool University, Liverpool, Lancashire, England
, with a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)1
He was reserve officer
of the Wildfowl Trust between 1978 and 1981.1
He graduated from Bristol University, Bristol, Gloucestershire, England
, with a Doctor
of Philosophy (Ph.D.)1
He was Controller of the Nature Conservancy.1
He succeeded as the 14th Baronet Tuite, of Sonagh,
co. Westmeath [I., 1622]
He lived in 2003 at 43 Church Street, Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts, U.S.A.1
Children of Sir Christopher Hugh Tuite, 14th Bt. and Deborah Anne Martz
Tuite Baronets, of Sonagh (1622)
*Sir Oliver Tuite, 1st Baronet (c. 1588–1642)
*Sir Oliver Tuite, 2nd Baronet (c. 1633–1661)
*Sir James Tuite,
3rd Baronet (d. 1664)
*Sir Henry Tuite, 4th Baronet (d. 1679)
*Sir Joseph Tuite, 5th Baronet (1677–1727)
*Sir Henry Tuite, 6th Baronet (c. 1708–1765)
*Sir George Tuite, 7th Baronet (1729–1782)
*Sir Henry Tuite, 8th
*Sir George Tuite, 9th Baronet (1778–1841)
*Sir Mark Anthony Henry Tuite, 10th Baronet (1808–1898)
*Sir Morgan Harry Paulet Tuite, 11th Baronet (1861–1946)
*Sir Brian Hugh Morgan Tuite, 12th Baronet
*Sir Dennis George Harmsworth Tuite, 13th Baronet (1904–1981)
*Sir Christopher Hugh Tuite, 14th Baronet (b. 1949)
*Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). "Debrett's Peerage and
Baronetage" (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990.
* [http://www.libraryireland.com/Pedigrees1/Meath.php LibraryIreland.com]