Daughters of a Baron

A daughter of a baron bears the courtesy style of 'The Hon' .

When she is unmarried this style is followed by her forename (eg The Hon Rose Hays).  After marriage she drops the use of her forename and uses her surname only (eg The Hon Mrs Smythe). The style of 'The Hon' is not used before 'Miss'.

The style of 'The Hon' is only used on the envelope in correspondence, in written descriptions (usually only on the first mention) and in formal documents.  It is never used in conversation or on invitations or on visiting cards, when the correct style is 'Mrs', 'Miss' or 'Ms'.

How to Address the Daughters of a Baron

The recommended (social) style of address is as follows:

Beginning of letter

Dear Miss Hays

End of letter

Yours sincerely


The Hon Miss Hays/Hon Mrs Smythe

Joint form of address

Mr Damian and the Hon Mrs Smythe

Verbal communication

Miss Hays/Mrs Smythe


Miss Rose Hays/Mrs Damian Smythe

Description in conversation

Miss Hays/Mrs Smythe

List of Directors or Patrons

Rose Hays (or Mrs Damian Smythe)

Place card

Miss Rose Hays/Mrs Damian Smythe

Legal document

Rose Jane Hays commonly called the Honourable Rose Hays


Should the daughter of a baron marry the younger son of an earl, or the son of a viscount or baron, she would also be addressed as The Hon Mrs Browne.

In this case, the  joint form of address would be 'The Hon Benedict and Mrs Browne'


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