Lord and Lady Provost

In Scotland the Lord Provost is the equivalent of a Lord Mayor in England. A Provost is the equivalent of a Mayor in England.

The District Councils of the cities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow elect Lord Provosts. The Lord Provosts of Edinburgh and Glasgow are styled 'The Rt Hon', but only for as long as they are in office.

How to Address a Lord Provost

The recommended form of address is as follows:

Beginning of letter Dear Lord Provost (and for a female Lord Provost)
Envelope The Rt Hon the Lord Provost of Edinburgh/Glasgow*; The Lord Provost of Aberdeen/Dundee**
Verbal communication My Lord Provost/Provost

*The name may also be used, e.g. The Rt Hon John Blank, Lord Provost of Edinburgh

**The name may also be used, e.g. Mr John Smith, Provost of Aberdeen

How to Address a Lady Provost

The wife (or other chosen consort, e.g. a daughter) of a Lord Provost is styled The Lady Provost, but the Lady Provosts of Edinburgh and Glasgow are not styled 'The Rt Hon'.

The recommended social form of address is as follows:

Beginning of letter Dear Lady Provost
Envelope

The Rt Hon The Lady Provost (but not if married to the Lord Provost of Edinburgh or Glasgow)

Verbal communication Lady Provost

The Wife of a Provost

While the title of Provost is comparable to that of Mayor, the wife of a Provost has no style comparable with Mayoress. She is addressed by name.

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