- (in the British Isles) the dignity, rank, or position of a marquess; marquisate
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The marquessate of Mantua was made a duchy; and Florence was secured, as we have seen, to the Medici.
On the 13th of October following the patent of this marquessate was recalled, Robert de Vere then having been raised to a dukedom.
This house, whose two branches hold each a marquessate, had a great statesman and administrator to establish and enrich it.
The marquessate of Huntly passed to his cousin and heir-male, George, 5th earl of Aboyne.
He left no son, but the marquessate was again revived in 1825, for his nephew the 14th earl, whose heir is the present marquess.