Posted by Laura W on June 27, 1998 at 20:31:36:
In response to Rank and Title, written by Rosemary N. on June 08, 1998 at 17:59:50
] What rank and title did Mr. Darcy's father have? Why is Mr. Darcy's title simply Mr. ? Does Elizabeth have a title?
] Does Mr.Bingley? Are they then of the lower upper class?
As Andrea said, they are all mere Misters because they simply aren't members of the aristocracy. Which is not to say they weren't wealthy or upper class-- they certainly were. They simply weren't ennobled.
] What is the youngest son (second son) of an earl called?
He is The Honourable Mr.
(NOT his father's title!). He is addressed, however, as Mr. .
] What is the oldest son of an earl called when the earl is still alive?
He takes his father's next-highest title as a courtesy title, so he could be a baron or a viscount.
]Is an earl called Lord?
Yes. All peers except dukes are called Lord
] What do you call a female Baronet (the highest of the lower class)?
There are no female baronets. Some women can inherit peerages if it is spelled out in the original letters patent, or if it is a very old barony (also some Scottish earldoms)-- and I mean *very* old, dating from the middle ages. Baronetcies were invented by James I.
Wives of baronets are addressed exactly as are the wives of knights, that is, Lady
Unfortunately Andrea gave some incorrect information regarding how ladies are addressed. For details on the correct way to address peeresses and their daughters, plus more than you ever wanted to know about the peerage, please visit my Titles site, link below.
- Link: My Titles Site
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