Barons in Scotland
In Scotland, a Baron is the head of a ""feudal"" barony (also known as prescriptive barony). This used to be attached to a particular piece of land on which was the ""caput"" (Latin meaning 'head'), or the essence of the barony, normally a building, such as a castle or manor house. Accordingly, the owner of the piece of land containing the ""caput"" was the Baron or Baroness. The Court of the Lord Lyon recognises a person possessing the dignity of baron under certain conditions, this being the status of a minor baron, recognized by the crown as noble, but not a peer. Scottish feudal baronies may be passed to any person, of either sex, by inheritance or conveyance.Scotland has a distinct legal system within the United Kingdom. Historically, in the Kingdom of Scotland, the Lord Lyon King of Arms, as the Sovereign’s Minister in matters armorial, is at once Herald and Judge.The Scottish equivalent of an English baron is a Lord of Parliament.