The Complete Guide to the British Peerage & Baronetage
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"British Titles" by Valentine Heywood
Without doubt, the most widely quoted work in recent years on British titles was the aptly named "British Titles - The Use and Misuse of the Titles of Peers and Commoners, with Some Historical Notes" by the late Valentine Heywood.
Heywood's style reminds me of that of a favourite teacher - easy to digest yet full of content and authority. His work covers not only the Royal House, but also the Peerage, the Privy Council, the Great Officers of State, etc. "British Titles" was first published in 1951 and has unfortunately been out of print for many years.
I am enormously grateful to A & C Black (Publishers) Limited for the kind permission they have given for chapters 2 to 4 of Heywood's book (covering the Peerage, Courtesy Titles and the Baronetage) to be reproduced in this work.
Rather than trying to amend or update Heywood's text to reflect changes over half a century, I have included his text verbatim with appropriate comments to explain any changes since his work was first published.
Scottish and Irish Peers
Peers who can be M.P.s
Peers and Nobility
The "of" in Peerages
Peerages with "of" in the title
Mistakes in Patents
Disclaimer of a Peerage
Female succession to an Earldom
Female succession in Scotland
Female succession in Ireland
Descent in Scotland
Sons Called up in Fathers' Baronies
The Crown and Life Peerages
Modes of Reference
Prefixes to Titles
Style of Peers' Widows
Remarriage of Peers' Widows
The Suirdale "Viscountcy"
The Forbes "Viscountcy"
The Scottish Style of "Master"
Other Relatives of Peers
A Coronation Problem
Where Sisters Have Priority
The Prefix "Lady"
The Prefix "Hon."
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