Daughters of a Marquess

A daughter of a marquess has the style of 'Lady' before her forename and surname, eg the elder daughter of the Marquess of Audley is Lady Clare Hart. A daughter of those who enjoy the courtesy peerage of a marquess has the identical style of 'Lady'.

On marriage she continues to use the same style, with her husband's surname, ie if Lady Clare Hart married Mr Mark North, she would become Lady Clare North.

How to address the Daughter of a Marquess

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

Beginning of letter Dear Lady Clare
End of letter Yours sincerely
Envelope Lady Clare Hart
Joint form of address Mr Mark and Lady North
Verbal communication Lady Clare (on introduction, Lady Clare Hart/North)
Invitation Lady Clare Hart
Invitation* to husband & wife Mr Mark and Lady Clare North
Description in conversation Lady Clare
List of Directors or Patrons Lady Clare Hart
Place card Lady Clare Hart
Legal document Clare Henrietta Hart commonly called Lady Clare Hart

*Note that, traditionally, invitations to a married couple, when sent to their home address, are addressed to the wife alone, with both names being inscribed on the invitation card. It has become increasingly acceptable, however, to address the envelope with both names.


Should she marry a peer she adopts his title.

If she marries a courtesy peer, and the precedence she derives from this is lower than that she derives from her father, she has the option of:

(a) adopting the usual style of the wife of a courtesy peer, eg Viscountess South, or

(b) continuing her own style followed by the courtesy title, eg Lady Mary South.

In practice very few ladies now adopt course (b) unless the marriage has been dissolved.

If the daughter of a marquess or duke marries the younger son of a duke or marquess, again she has the option of:

(a) adopting the usual style of the wife of a younger son of a duke or marquess, eg Lady Clare Manners, or
(b) continuing her own style followed by her surname, eg Lady Clare Bond.

See Courtesy Titles


Forms Of Address

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