Sons of a Viscount

All sons of a viscount have the courtesy title of 'The Honourable' before their forename and surname. The style of 'The Honourable' (usually abbreviated to 'The Hon') is only used on the envelope in correspondence, in written descriptions (usually only on the first mention) or in formal documents.  It is never used in conversation or on invitations or on visiting cards, when the correct style is 'Mr'.

How to address the Sons of a Viscount

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

Beginning of letter Dear Mr Brown
End of letter Yours sincerely
Envelope The Hon John Brown
Verbal communication Mr Brown (or appropriate rank if in the Services)
Invitation Mr John Brown
Description in conversation Mr Brown
List of Directors or Patrons
Hon John Brown
Hon John Brown
Place card Mr John Brown
Legal document John William   Brown Esquire commonly called The Hon John Brown

See Courtesy Titles 

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