He was created baronet in 1903, baron in 1905, and viscount in 1917.
William did not assume his grandfather's title, which had lapsed on his death, but he did inherit the residue of the baronet 's extensive property, and his mercantile and shipbuilding businesses at Kittery.
Having previously declined a knighthood, Heaton was made a baronet in 1912.
In 1608 he was knighted, and was created a baronet in 1611, two years before his death.
‘The calico-printer and the cotton-master becomes, within two generations, the baronet and the big-wig’.
He was now an author of world renown, a baronet , the friend of kings and princes and since 1821, Laird of Abbotsford, his new country seat in the Borders.
His father was an English baronet who served at the court of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies; his mother was the twenty-one-year-old only daughter of the Duke of Dalberg.
Her father, Sir Hugh Bell, was an industrialist baronet filled with the ideals of high Victorian liberalism, devotion to empire, and profit-these were not, to his mind, incompatible aims.
It all started with the first baronet , who was Lord President of the Council and a most distinguished judge.
For she had her heart set on a baronet at least.