Lord or Lady? 1, 2, 3, 4!
Being a ‘Lord’ or ‘Lady’ is not a noble rank: it is an honorific used in conversation, or a salutation, with certain members of the nobility. To address a ‘Lord’ or ‘Lady’ in writing you need to more information.
—-#1) Find out the rank they hold:
—-—-(A) marquess/marchioness, earl/countess, viscount/viscountess, or baron/baroness
—-—-(B) A son, wife of a son or a daughter of a duke/duchess or a marquess/marchioness.
—-#2) If (A) … once you are certain of the rank held by the individual check the form of address for the rank in the list just below “See these Related Posts.”.
—-#3) If (B) … the younger sons and daughters of a duke/duchess or marquess/marchioness are addressed in writing as ‘Lord/Lady (first and surname)’ and ‘Lord/Lady (first name)’ in a salutation or in conversation.
—-#4) If (B) … the wives of younger sons of a duke/duchess or marquess/marchioness are addressed in writing as ‘Lady (husband’s first and surname)’ and in a salutation or in conversation ‘Lady (husband’s first name)’ .
– Robert Hickey