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Monday, September 14, 2009

Regency Peers of the Realm & Courtesy Titles


By Jennifer Hudson Taylor

At the top of the Peers of the Realm is the Royal Family, the King and Queen and their extended family. The King is His Royal Highness, and likewise, the Queen is Her Royal Highness. Beneath the Royal Family and Archbishops are the Peers of England. In order of most important to least, the peerage includes: 1)Duke 2)Marquess 3)Earl 4)Viscount 5)Baron

Dukes

During the Regency period the Dukedoms that existed were of Norfolk, Somerset, Richmond, Grafton, Beaufort, St. Albans, Leeds, Bedford, Devonshire, Marlborough, Rutland, Brandon, Manchester, Portland, Dorset, Newscastle, and Northumberland.


As a couple they are the Duke and Duchess of (Location).
Husband: The Duke of (Location) and addressed as: His Grace or Your Grace

Wife: The Duchess of (Location) and addressed as: Her Grace or Your Grace

Eldest Son: (Courtesy Title) Marquess

Other Sons: Lord (First Name) (Surname)

Daughters: Lady (First Name) (Surname)


Marquess

As a couple they are Lord and Lady (Surname)
Wife: Marchioness, Lady (Husband's Title) and addressed as: Madam or Your Ladyship (not My Lady)
Eldest Son: Earl and addressed as: Lord (Surname) or My Lord
Other Sons: Lord (First Name) (Surname)
Daughters: Lady (First Name) (Surname)


Earls
As a couple they are Lord and Lady (Surname)
Wife: Countess, Lady (Husband's Title) and addressed as: Lady (Surname) or My Lady
Eldest Son: Viscount and addressed as: Lord (Surname) or My Lord

Other Sons: The Honorable (First Name) (Surname) and addressed as: Mr. (First Name)(Surname)

Daughters: Lady (First Name)(Surname)
Viscounts
As a couple they are Lord and Lady (Surname)

Wife: Viscountess, Lady (Husband's Title) and addressed as: Lady (Surname) or My Lady
Eldest Son: The Honorable (First Name)(Surname) and addressed as: Mr. (First Name) (Surname)
Other Sons: Mr. (First Name)(Surname)
Daughters: The Honorable (First Name)(Surname) and addressed as: Miss (First Name) (Surname)


Barons
As a couple they are Lord and Lady (Surname)
Wife: Baroness, Lady (Husband's Title) and addressed as: Lady (Surname) or My Lady
Eldest Son: The Honorable (First Name)(Surname) and addressed as: Mr. (First Name)(Surname)
Other Sons: The Honorable (First Name)(Surname) and addressed as: Mr. (First Name)(Surname)

Daughters: The Honorable (First Name)(Surname) and addressed as: Miss (First Name) (Surname)


There are many more rules and lots of exceptions for widows, those holding multiple titles, courtesy titles, and titles of one's own rank that would stay with a woman who marries a man with a lesser rank, and the distinction of when a regional title is different from the family surname. If you need additional research, I highly recommend this link: http://www.chinet.com/~laura/html/titles12.html.

3 comments:

Very interesting! Thank you for sharing.

Great succinct post. Thanks, I am sure this will come in handy one day.

The Regency period is one of the hardest periods to write, b/c you have to be so detailed abt all the "rules of society" and the time. Yet, I love the period, so I must prevail! Or at least, keep trying.