squirearchy

Definitions:

  • The landed gentry considered as a group or class.
  • In England, government by the squires, or “country gentlemen”—that is, the large landed proprietors, most of whom are justices of the peace, and who, before the Reform Bill of 1832, and to a certain extent after it, had great influence in the House of Commons.
  • The squires themselves collectively.
  • the land-owning <xref>gentry</xref>
  • the gentry who own land (considered as a class)
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