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Rock star could be baronet's heir
Sir Benjamin Slade
Sir Benjamin has no children or close family
A Somerset aristocrat searching for an heir to his 13th Century 7.5m mansion thinks an American rock star is the man for the job.

Baronet Sir Benjamin Slade, 59, has spent 18 months looking for a relation prepared to take on Maunsel House.

Sir Benjamin was e-mailed by Isaac Slade, 24, lead singer of chart stars The Fray, after the search was made into a TV programme.

The baronet is to consult a genealogist to establish their relationship.

"He could be the answer to our dream," said Sir Benjamin.

After "I'm Really a Royal" was broadcast last year on the Discovery Channel, Sir Benjamin received 15,000 applications.

It would be a great weight off my mind if I can move out of this house
Sir Benjamin Slade

"When he first got in contact I wondered who the hell he was," said Sir Benjamin.

"But my friend persuaded me to go and watch The Fray and I must say they are quite a band."

After the concert in Shepherds Bush, Isaac Slade was invited to spend time at Maunsel House.

Isaac Slade of The Fray
Sir Benjamin went to see The Fray in concert
"He was charming and I was particularly impressed by how he doesn't drink or take drugs," said Sir Benjamin.

The Slades have lived at the home, near Bridgwater, since the 18th Century.

The 700-year-old property has nine bedrooms, a ballroom, a library and 1,500 acres of land.

Sir Benjamin, who has no children or close family, said he planned to visit a genealogist over the next few days to discover if Slade was his closest relative.

"It would be a great weight off my mind if I can move out of this house," he added.

The title track of The Fray's debut album, How to Save a Life, reached No4 in the UK and sold more than five million copies in the US.

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