Widow of a Baron

The widow of a baron (or Lord of Parliament in the peerage of Scotland) is officially known as The Dowager Lady  .......(unless there is already a dowager baroness in that family still living in which case the  widow of the junior baron is known by her forename eg Therese, Lady  ............) .

In practice, many widows prefer to use their forename in place of 'Dowager'. If in doubt, use of the forename is recommended.

How to Address the Widow of a Baron

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

Beginning of letter

Dear Lady Hays

End of letter

Yours sincerely

Envelope

The Dowager (or Therese) Lady Hays

Verbal communication

Lady Hays

Invitation

The Dowager (or Therese) Lady Hays

Description in conversation

Lady Poole, The Dowager (or Therese) Lady Hays

List of Directors or Patrons

The Dowager (or Therese) Lady Hays

Place card

The Dowager (or Therese) Lady Hays

Legal document

The Right Honourable Therese Baroness Hays

If the present holder of the barony is unmarried, the widow of the previous baron does not use the term of either The Dowager Lady Hays, or Therese, Lady Hays, but continues to be known as The Lady Hays.

 

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