Eligibility for membership in the Order of Descendants of Colonial Cavaliers is limited to ladies and gentlemen who are lineal descendants of Britons who, during the period of the Civil Wars in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland from the Interregnum until the Restoration of the Monarchy, resided in the New World remaining loyal to their Brittanic Majesties King Charles I and his son and successor, King Charles II. The ancestor must have held claim to not less than 1,000 acres of land during his lifetime. There is a rebuttable presumption that persons then living in New England were not "Cavaliers." There is a rebuttable presumption that persons then living in Virginia were "Cavaliers" as were persons then living in Barbados and the other British sugar islands of the Caribbean.
MEMBERSHIP IN THE ORDER IS BY INVITATION ONLY.