Posted by Amy on July 23, 1997 at 18:35:46:
In reply to Re: the Earl's son posted by The Mysterious H.C. on July 23, 1997 at 18:10:53
] OK, I looked around briefly, but being rather impatient in matters such as this, I didn't find the answer to my question, namely: How does one address the son of an earl? Can anyone help me with this??
Katrina -- if he's the eldest son of an earl, and there happens to be a subsidiary "courtesy" title attached to the main title of Earl (or Count), then you would address him as "Lord X", "your lordship", "my lord", etc. Otherwise, he's a mere "Honourable" like John Yates or Colonel Fitzwilliam, and since the "Honourable" prefix is only used in very formal contexts (and hardly ever in ordinary conversation), he would be adressed like any other plain "Mr.".
What makes this a trick question is that daughters of Earls do get to be called "Lady" [first name] even though the younger sons aren't addressed as "Lord."
Posting followups to old messages is disabled; instead go to the main index and post a new message which mentions this one.