Widow and Former Wife of a Baronet

Widow of a Baronet

Officially the widow of a baronet immediately becomes, for example, 'Dowager Lady Stratton' on the death of her husband, unless the widow of a senior baronet of the same creation is still alive, when she becomes Marjorie, Lady Stratton.

Many dowager ladies prefer to use their forename rather than the word 'Dowager'. If in doubt, use of the forename is recommended.

Should the widowed lady remarry, she takes her style from her present husband.

By custom, when the present baronet is unmarried, the widow of the late baronet continues to call herself Lady ………, the same style as when her husband was living.

Should the present baronet marry, it is usual for the widow of the previous baronet to announce the style by which she wishes to be known, ie 'Dowager Lady Stratton' or 'Marjorie, Lady Stratton'.The widow of a Scottish baronet who uses his territorial designation should be so described, eg Dowager Lady Grant of Monymusk, or Mary, Lady Grant of Monymusk.

How to address the Widow of a Baronet

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

Beginning of letter

Dear Lady Stratton

End of letter

Yours sincerely


Dowager Lady Stratton (not The Dowager Lady Stratton, which would imply the lady is a peeress), or Marjorie, Lady Stratton

Verbal communication

Lady Stratton (or Marjorie, Lady Stratton, if distinction is necessary, or on introduction)


Dowager Lady Stratton, or Marjorie, Lady Stratton

Description in conversation

Dowager Lady Stratton, or Marjorie, Lady Stratton

List of Directors or Patrons

Dowager Lady Stratton or Lady (Marjorie) Stratton if required for purposes of identification

Place card

Dowager Lady Stratton, or Marjorie, Lady Stratton

Legal document

Dame Marjorie Joan Stratton, or Marjorie Joan Lady Stratton

Former Wife of a Baronet

She is addressed as the widow of a baronet prefixed by her forename (ie Jane, Lady White), provided that she does not remarry.





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