The Nicolson baronets refer to one of four baronetcies created for persons with the surname Nicolson, all in the Baronetage of Nova Scotia. Two of the creations remain extant as of 2008.[needs update]
The Nicolson Baronetcy, of Cockburnspath, in Berwickshire, was created in the Baronetage of Nova Scotia on 17 December 1625 for James Nicolson. Nothing further is known of the title.
The Nicolson Baronetcy, of that Ilk and of Lasswade, in the County of Midlothian, was created in the Baronetage of Nova Scotia on 27 July 1629 for John Nicolson, with remainder to his heirs male whatsoever. On the death of the seventh Baronet in 1743 the baronetcy became dormant. Arthur Nicolson, de jure eighth Baronet, was the great-grandson of James Nicolson, Bishop of Dunkeld, brother of the first Baronet. In 1826 Arthur's grandson, Arthur Nicolson, was served heir of the seventh Baronet and became the eighth Baronet. The eleventh Baronet was Lord-Lieutenant of Shetland. The baronetcy once again became dormant on the death of the twelfth Baronet in 1961. In 1984 David Nicolson, 4th Baron Carnock, was recognised in the title and became the thirteenth Baronet. See Baron Carnock for more information.
The Nicolson Baronetcy, of Carnock, in the County of Stirling, was created in the Baronetage of Nova Scotia on 16 January 1637. For more information on this creation, see Baron Carnock.
The Nicolson Baronetcy, of Glenbervie, in the County of Kincardine, was created in the Baronetage of Nova Scotia on 15 April 1700 for Thomas Nicolson. The title became dormant on the death of the fifth Baronet in circa 1839.
The heir apparent is the present holder's son Hon. Thomas Nicolson (born 1984).