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A Brief Explanation of British Titles

Title and Address

Eldest Son and Address

Eldest Son’s Wife and Address

Younger Son Title and Address

Younger Son’s Wife Title and Address

Daughters

Duke: Your Grace. Never Lord Anything

Courtesy Title lesser of father’s like marquess or Earl. Lord Title

Lady Title

Lord Firstname

Lady husband’s firstname

Lady firstname; Never Lady Surname

 

Marquess (Marquis) Lord Title

Courtesy Title lesser of Fathers. Lord Title

Lady Title

Lord Firstname

Lady Husband’s Firstname

Lady Firstname, not Lady Surname

 

Earl: Lord Title

Courtesy Title from Father: Lord Title

Lady Title

Mr. Family Surname

Mrs. Lady Surname

Lady Firstname, not Lady Surname

 

Viscount: Lord Title

Mr. Surname

Mrs. Surname

Mr. Surname

Mrs. Surname

Miss Surname for oldest; Miss Firstname younger; Never Lady anything until marriage title

Baron: Lord Title; Often same as Surname

Mr. Surname

Mrs. Surname

Mr. Surname

Mrs. Surname

 

Baronet: Hereditary Knight. Sir Firstname, never Sir Surname

Mr. Surname

Mrs.

Mr.

Mrs.

Surname for oldest; Miss Firstname younger; Never Lady anything until marriage title

Knight: Same as Baronet, but son does not inherit the title

 

 

 

 

 

The daughter of a duke, marquess, or earl can keep Lady Firstname if she marries a man of lesser rank like a baronet, knight, or no title at all. She will still not be known by Lady Surname, esp. not Lady Marriedname.

If a wife gives birth within ten months of her husband’s death, that child is presumed to be the husband’s. If it is a boy, then it inherits even if a younger son is around.

Any child born within wedlock, unless the husband could not have been the father such as is out of the country ten months or more before the birth, is legitimate.

NO One can give away a title. A person could refuse to use it, but then the title remains dormant until the next in line to the succession picks it up.

Adopted children did not inherit titles.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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