Order of precedence in Scotland

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The order of precedence in Scotland was fixed by Royal Warrant in 1905.[1] Amendments were made by further Warrants in 1952, 1958, 1999 to coincide with the establishment of the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government and most recently in 2012.[2][3]

The relative precedence of peers of Scotland is determined by the Act of Union 1707.

Gentlemen[edit]

  1. The Sovereign (The Queen, Elizabeth II)[1]
  2. Spouse of the Sovereign (Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh)[nb 1]
  3. The Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, when it is in session (The Duke of Buccleuch in 2018).[5]
  4. The Heir Apparent (The Duke of Rothesay)[1]
  5. Younger Sons of the Sovereign[1]
    1. The Earl of Inverness
    2. The Earl of Wessex
  6. Grandsons of the Sovereign[1]
    1. The Earl of Strathearn
    2. The Earl of Dumbarton
    3. Viscount Severn
    4. Peter Phillips
  7. Brothers of the Sovereign (of which there are none)[1]
  8. Uncles of the Sovereign (none living)[1]
  9. Nephews of the Sovereign (The Earl of Snowdon)[1]
  10. Lord Lieutenants (see list below) (during term of office and within bounds of counties and cities)[1] as amended by[3]
  11. Sheriffs Principal (see list here (during term of office and within bounds of Sheriffdom)[1] as amended by[3]
  12. The Lord High Chancellor (David Gauke MP)[1]
  13. The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland (2017–2018: Derek Browning)[6][1]
  14. The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, First Lord of the Treasury (office held by a woman, Theresa May MP)[dubious ]
  15. Commonwealth Prime Ministers, while visiting the UK, in order of appointment[citation needed]
  16. The Speaker of the House of Commons (John Bercow MP)[dubious ]
  17. The Lord Speaker of the House of Lords (Norman Fowler, Baron Fowler)[dubious ]
  18. The President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom[7] (office held by a woman)
  19. The Keeper of the Great Seal of Scotland (office held by a woman, Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland)[8][3]
  20. The Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament (Ken Macintosh)[3]
  21. The Secretary of State for Scotland (David Mundell MP)[3]
  22. The Lord High Constable of Scotland (Merlin Hay, 24th Earl of Erroll)[1]
  23. The Master of the Household in Scotland (Torquhil Campbell, 13th Duke of Argyll)[1]
  24. Dukes[1]
  25. Eldest sons of dukes of Blood royal[1]
    1. Alexander Windsor, Earl of Ulster, only son of Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester
    2. George Windsor, Earl of St Andrews, eldest son of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent
    3. Prince George of Cambridge, eldest son of Prince William, Earl of Strathearn
  26. Ministers, Envoys, and other very important visitors from foreign countries[citation needed]
  27. Marquesses[1]
  28. Eldest sons of dukes (see list)[1]
  29. Earls[1]
  30. Younger sons of dukes of Blood royal[1]
    1. Lord Nicholas Windsor, younger son of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent
    2. Prince Louis of Cambridge, younger son of Prince William, Earl of Strathearn
  31. Eldest sons of marquesses[1]
  32. Younger sons of dukes[1]
  33. Lord Justice General (Colin Sutherland, Lord Carloway)[1]
  34. Lord Clerk Register (James Mackay, Baron Mackay of Clashfern)[1]
  35. Lord Advocate (James Wolffe)[1]
  36. Advocate General for Scotland (Richard Keen, Baron Keen of Elie)[3]
  37. Lord Justice Clerk (Leeona Dorrian, Lady Dorrian)[1]
  38. Viscounts[1]
  39. Eldest sons of earls[1]
  40. Lord Frederick Windsor
  41. Younger sons of marquesses[1]
  42. Barons and Lords of Parliament[1]
  43. Eldest sons of viscounts[1]
  44. Younger sons of earls[1]
  45. Eldest sons of barons[1]
  46. Knights of the Garter[1]
  47. Knights of the Thistle[3]
  48. Privy Counsellors[1]
  49. Senators of the College of Justice and the Chairman of the Scottish Land Court[1]
  50. Younger sons of viscounts[1]
  51. Younger sons of barons[1]
  52. Sons of Law Life Peers[1]
  53. Baronets[1]
  54. Knights of St Patrick (none, order dormant)[1]
  55. Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath[1]
  56. Knights Grand Commanders of the Order of the Star of India (none, order dormant)[1]
  57. Knights Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George[1]
  58. Knights Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire (none, order dormant)[1]
  59. Knights Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order[1]
  60. Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire
  61. Knights Commanders of the Order of the Bath[1]
  62. Knights Commanders of the Order of the Star of India (none, order dormant)[1]
  63. Knights Commanders of the Order of St Michael and St George[1]
  64. Knights Commanders of the Order of the Indian Empire (none, order dormant)[1]
  65. Knights Commanders of the Royal Victorian Order[1]
  66. Knights Commanders of the Order of the British Empire
  67. Solicitor General for Scotland (Lesley Thomson – see Order of Precedence for Ladies below)[1]
  68. Lyon King of Arms (Joseph Morrow)[1]
  69. Scottish Barons
  70. Sheriffs-Principal[1]
  71. Knights Bachelor[1]
  72. Sheriffs[1] as amended by[3]
  73. Companions of the Order of the Bath[1]
  74. Companions of the Order of the Star of India (none, order dormant)[1]
  75. Companions of the Order of St Michael and St George[1]
  76. Companions of the Order of the Indian Empire (none, order dormant)[1]
  77. Commanders of the Royal Victorian Order
  78. Commanders of the Order of the British Empire
  79. Lieutenants of the Royal Victorian Order
  80. Companions of the Distinguished Service Order[1]
  81. Officers of the Order of the British Empire
  82. Companions of the Imperial Service Order
  83. Eldest sons of younger sons of peers[1]
  84. Eldest sons of baronets[1]
  85. Eldest sons of Knights of the Garter[1]
  86. Eldest sons of Knights of the Thistle[1]
  87. Eldest sons of Knights of St Patrick[1]
  88. Eldest sons of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
  89. Eldest sons of Knights Grand Commander of the Star of India
  90. Eldest sons of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George
  91. Eldest sons of Knights Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire
  92. Eldest sons of Knights Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order
  93. Eldest sons of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire
  94. Eldest sons of Knights Commander of the Order of the Bath
  95. Eldest sons of Knights Commander of the Order of the Star of India
  96. Eldest sons of Knights Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
  97. Eldest sons of Knights Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire
  98. Eldest sons of Knights Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
  99. Eldest sons of Knights Commander of the Order of the British Empire
  100. Members of the Royal Victorian Order
  101. Members of the Order of the British Empire
  102. Younger sons of baronets[1]
  103. Younger sons of Knights of the Garter
  104. Younger sons of Knights of the Thistle
  105. Younger sons of Knights of St Patrick
  106. Younger sons of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
  107. Younger sons of Knights Grand Commander of the Star of India
  108. Younger sons of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George
  109. Younger sons of Knights Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire
  110. Younger sons of Knights Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order
  111. Younger sons of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire
  112. Younger sons of Knights Commander of the Order of the Bath
  113. Younger sons of Knights Commander of the Order of the Star of India
  114. Younger sons of Knights Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
  115. Younger sons of Knights Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire
  116. Younger sons of Knights Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
  117. Younger sons of Knights Commander of the Order of the British Empire
  118. Queen's Counsel[1] as amended by[3]
  119. Esquires[1]
  120. Gentlemen[1]

Ladies[edit]

  1. The Queen, Elizabeth II
  2. Queens dowager (none living; ordered according to husband's death, earliest first)
  3. Wife of the Heir Apparent
    1. Camilla, Duchess of Rothesay
  4. Wives of the Sovereign's younger sons
    1. Sophie, Countess of Wessex
  5. Daughters of the Sovereign
    1. Anne, Princess Royal
  6. Wife of the Sovereign's eldest grandson in male line
    1. Catherine, Countess of Strathearn
  7. Other Granddaughters-in-law of the Sovereign
    1. Meghan, Countess of Dumbarton
    2. Autumn Phillips
  8. Granddaughters of the Sovereign
    1. Princess Beatrice of York
    2. Princess Eugenie of York
    3. Lady Louise Windsor
    4. Zara Phillips
  9. Sisters-in-law of the Sovereign (none)
  10. Sisters of the Sovereign (none living)
  11. Aunts (by marriage) of the Sovereign (none living)
  12. Aunts (by blood) of the Sovereign (none living)
  13. Nieces (by marriage) of the Sovereign (Serena Armstrong-Jones, Countess of Snowdon)
  14. Nieces (by blood) of the Sovereign (Lady Sarah Chatto)
  15. Granddaughters-in-law of former Sovereigns (whose husbands are Dukes)
    1. Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester
    2. Katharine, Duchess of Kent
  16. Granddaughters-in-law of former Sovereigns (whose husbands are not Dukes)
    1. Princess Michael of Kent
  17. Cousins of the Sovereign
    1. Princess Alexandra, The Hon Lady Ogilvy
  18. Lords Lieutenant (see list below)
  19. Sheriff Principal (during term of office and with bounds of Sheriffdom)
  20. The Lord High Chancellor (Elizabeth Truss)
  21. The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, First Lord of the Treasury (Theresa May)
  22. Commonwealth Prime Ministers, while visiting the UK, in order of appointment[dubious ]
  23. The President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom (Brenda Hale, Baroness Hale of Richmond)
  24. Ambassadors of foreign countries and High Commissioners of Commonwealth countries according to date of arrival[dubious ]
  25. Duchesses
  26. Claire Booth, wife of Earl of Ulster
  27. Sylvana Tomaselli, wife of Earl of St Andrews
  28. Lady Davina Windsor, elder daughter of the Duke of Gloucester
  29. Lady Rose Gilman, younger daughter of the Duke of Gloucester
  30. Lady Helen Taylor, only daughter of the Duke of Kent
  31. Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, only daughter of the Earl of Strathearn
  32. Marchionesses
  33. Wives of dukes' eldest sons
  34. Daughters of dukes not married to peers
  35. Countesses
  36. Wives of marquesses' eldest sons
  37. Lady Gabriella Windsor
  38. Marquesses' daughters not married to peers
  39. Wives of dukes' younger sons
  40. Viscountesses
  41. Wives of eldest sons of earls or of countesses in their own right
  42. Earls' daughters not married to peers
  43. Sophie Winkleman, wife of Lord Frederick Windsor
  44. Wives of marquesses' younger sons
  45. Baronesses, wives of Lords of Parliament and female holders of Lordships of Parliament
  46. Wives of viscounts' eldest sons
  47. Viscounts' daughters not married to peers
  48. Wives of younger sons of earls or of countesses in their own right
  49. Wives of eldest sons of barons or baronesses
  50. Daughters of barons or baronesses
  51. Ladies of the Garter
    1. Anne Princess Royal
    2. Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy
    3. Eliza Manningham-Buller, Baroness Manningham-Buller
  52. Ladies of the Thistle
    1. Anne Princess Royal
  53. Wives of Knights of the Garter
    • all rank higher, except:
    1. Valerie Stephen
    2. Mary Colman
    3. June Hillary
    4. Jennifer Acland
    5. Norma Major
  1. Wives of Knights of the Thistle
    • all rank higher, except:
    1. Poppy Anderson
  1. Privy Counsellors
  2. Senators of the College of Justice
  3. Wives of viscounts' younger sons
  4. Wives of younger sons of barons or baronesses
  5. Wives of baronets
  6. Dames Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
  7. Dames Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George
  8. Dames Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order
  9. Dames Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire
  10. Wives of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
  11. Wives of Knights Grand Commander of the Order of the Star of India
  12. Wives of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George
  13. Wives of Knights Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire
  14. Wives of Knights Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order
  15. Wives of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire
  16. Dames Commander of the Order of the Bath
  17. Dames Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
  18. Dames Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
  19. Dames Commandes of the Order of the British Empire
  20. Solicitor General for Scotland (Alison Di Rollo)
  21. Wives of Knights Commander of the Order of the Bath
  22. Wives of Knights Commander of the Order of the Star of India
  23. Wives of Knights Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
  24. Wives of Knights Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire
  25. Wives of Knights Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
  26. Wives of Knights Commander of the Order of the British Empire
  27. Companions of the Order of the Bath
  28. Companions of the Order of St Michael and St George
  29. Commanders of the Royal Victorian Order
  30. Commanders of the Order of the British Empire
  31. Wives of Companions of the Order of the Bath
  32. Wives of Companions of the Order of the Star of India
  33. Wives of Companions of the Order of St Michael and St George
  34. Wives of Companions of the Order of the Indian Empire
  35. Wives of Commanders of the Royal Victorian Order
  36. Wives of Commanders of the Order of the British Empire
  37. Wives of Companions of the Distinguished Service Order
  38. Lieutenants of the Royal Victorian Order
  39. Officers of the Order of the British Empire
  40. Wives of Lieutenants of the Royal Victorian Order
  41. Wives of Officers of the Order of the British Empire
  42. Wives of Senators of the College of Justice
  43. Wives of Knights Bachelor
  44. Companions of the Imperial Service Order
  45. Wives of Companions of the Imperial Service Order
  46. Wives of the eldest sons of sons of peers or peeresses
  47. Daughters of sons of peers or peeresses
  48. Wives of the eldest sons of baronets
  49. Daughters of baronets
  50. Wives of eldest sons of Knights of the Garter
  51. Wives of eldest sons of Knights of the Thistle
  52. Wives of eldest sons of Knights of St Patrick
  53. Wives of eldest sons of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
  54. Wives of eldest sons of Knights Grand Commander of the Star of India
  55. Wives of eldest sons of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George
  56. Wives of eldest sons of Knights Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire
  57. Wives of eldest sons of Knights Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order
  58. Wives of eldest sons of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire
  59. Wives of eldest sons of Knights Commander of the Order of the Bath
  60. Wives of eldest sons of Knights Commander of the Order of the Star of India
  61. Wives of eldest sons of Knights Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
  62. Wives of eldest sons of Knights Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire
  63. Wives of eldest sons of Knights Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
  64. Wives of eldest sons of Knights Commander of the Order of the British Empire
  65. Daughters of Knights of the Garter
  66. Daughters of Knights of the Thistle
  67. Daughters of Knights of St Patrick
  68. Daughters of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
  69. Daughters of Knights Grand Commander of the Star of India
  70. Daughters of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George
  71. Daughters of Knights Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire
  72. Daughters of Knights Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order
  73. Daughters of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire
  74. Daughters of Knights Commander of the Order of the Bath
  75. Daughters of Knights Commander of the Order of the Star of India
  76. Daughters of Knights Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
  77. Daughters of Knights Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire
  78. Daughters of Knights Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
  79. Daughters of Knights Commander of the Order of the British Empire
  80. Members of the Royal Victorian Order
  81. Members of the Order of the British Empire
  82. Wives of Members of the Royal Victorian Order
  83. Wives of Members of the Order of the British Empire
  84. Wives of younger sons of baronets
  85. Wives of younger sons of Knights of the Garter
  86. Wives of younger sons of Knights of the Thistle
  87. Wives of younger sons of Knights of St Patrick
  88. Wives of younger sons of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
  89. Wives of younger sons of Knights Grand Commander of the Star of India
  90. Wives of younger sons of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George
  91. Wives of younger sons of Knights Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire
  92. Wives of younger sons of Knights Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order
  93. Wives of younger sons of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire
  94. Wives of younger sons of Knights Commander of the Order of the Bath
  95. Wives of younger sons of Knights Commander of the Order of the Star of India
  96. Wives of younger sons of Knights Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
  97. Wives of younger sons of Knights Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire
  98. Wives of younger sons of Knights Commander of the Royal Victorian Order

Local Precedence[edit]

  1. The Lord Lieutenant of the lieutenancy areas (the Lord Provost is Lord Lieutenant in the 4 largest cities):
  2. The Provost
  3. The Deputy Provost
  4. Justices of the Peace
  5. The Chief Constable

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The Duke of Edinburgh was accorded precedence immediately after his wife's "except where otherwise provided by Act of Parliament" by Royal Warrant dated 18 September 1952.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf bg bh bi bj bk bl bm bn bo bp bq br "No. 27774". The London Gazette. 14 March 1905. p. 2012.
  2. ^ The Table of Precedence Amongst Ladies in Scotland from Debretts's
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j The Scale of General Precedence in Scotland, Appendix, Note 5
  4. ^ "No. 39657". The London Gazette. 30 September 1952. p. 5147.
  5. ^ "Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 2018". 10 Downing Street. 20 December 2017. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  6. ^ http://www.theedinburghreporter.co.uk/2017/05/the-princess-royal-opens-the-general-assembly/
  7. ^ https://www.thegazette.co.uk/notice/L-59201-934290
  8. ^ Scotland Act 1998, Section 45(7)

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