Former Wife of a Hereditary Baron

If a marriage between a baron and baroness has been dissolved, the former wife (although no longer a peeress) may continue to use her title as a baroness's wife, preceded by her forename (unless she remarries*). This also applies to the former wife of a Lord of Parliament in the peerage of Scotland.

How to address the Former Wife of a Hereditary Baron

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

Beginning of letter

Dear Lady Hays

End of letter

Yours sincerely

Envelope

Barbara, Lady Hays

Verbal communication

Lady Hays

Invitation

Barbara, Lady Hays

Description in conversation

Lady Hays

List of Directors or Patrons

Barbara, Lady Hays

Place card

Barbara, Lady Hays

Legal document

Barbara, Lady Hays

*If the former wife of a baron subsequently remarries she adopts her style of address from her present husband.  Thus if Barbara, Lady Hayse marries Mr Edward Simkins she becomes Mrs Edward Simkins.

           

 

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