Courtesy titles (eldest son of Earl)
Posted by The Mysterious H.C. on February 04, 1998 at 20:10:08:
In response to Elder son of an earl?, written by Hilary on February 04, 1998 at 18:53:08
] What, exactly, is Colonel Fitzwilliam's older brother? How would you address him, or any elder son of an earl? "Future Earl Fitzwilliam?" Certainly not plain "Mr. Fitzwilliam"?
Hilary -- Col Fitz.'s father would be likely to have one or more subordinate titles, and his eldest son would use one of them as a "courtesy title; this would entitle him to be known as "Lord" + name of subordinate title, but not to sit in the house of lords (as a "real" peer does). This is sort of explained, in passing, on the honorifics page...
- Viscount Ann 23:38:39 2/05/98 (0)
- Thank you, H.C.! Most helpful... (nfm) Hilary 18:18:42 2/05/98 (0)
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