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?

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    this question is relevant to my interests
    – Michael
    Jun 13 '20 at 1:18
  • @Michael are you a relative?
    – Charlie
    Jun 13 '20 at 10:38

Gentleman is not a formal title that you are admitted to, it's just a way that somebody might describe themselves.

Like the phrase "living on own means" it usually implies that the person has enough assets or income to support themselves without having to work and it's mostly a way of explaining that succinctly in census and church and civil registration documents when they ask for an occupation.

  • I used to think it was a lower position in the peerage but it seems you are correct, but I'd like to know more about his family background to ascertain how he may have accumulated his wealth and properties in the first instance.
    – Charlie
    Jun 13 '20 at 10:38

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