My 5th great grandfather Archibald Campbell, PhD, married Mary Lycett in Staffordshire in 1776. Mary was the daughter of Francis Lycett, Gentleman of Weston Hall, and Ann Thompson, who was from a yeoman's family.
Francis left a significant fortune in his will, which I believe was from interest from properties he owned in the local area. However, I do not know much about the title of "Gentleman", and if social mobility permitted someone to become one or whether it was inherited. His parents appear to have been a Joseph Lycett and an Elizabeth Cooke but I can't find out anything about Joseph's profession.
Can someone help me find out whether Francis was born into wealth or whether he became wealthy?