Mary asked in TravelUnited KingdomLondon · 2 months ago

Is a vicount the son of an Earl?

7 Answers

  • Lomax
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    Yes and no.

    There are five ranks in the British peerage - from top to bottom Duke, Marquess (or Marquis), Earl, Viscount and Baron.

    It is quite possible for someone to be a Viscount in their own right, and to have inherited that title from his father, and be able to bequeath it to his son in due course, and not to have an Earl in the family.

    Well and good - but there is also a phenomenon known as the courtesy title.

    This grants a title to the eldest son whilst his father is still alive. This title is one or two ranks lower than the main family title. The most obvious use of a courtesy is the son of a King being known as a Prince. A Prince CAN be a title in its own right (eg Prince of Wales), and ranks higher than a Duke - but is far more common as a courtesy title.

    So; the eldest sons of Dukes, Marquesses and Earls may be granted a courtesy title. An example (the first one that springs to mind) is that the eldest son of the Duke of Buccleuch is the Earl of Dalkeith.

    (Five minutes on Google later) - Aha. The Eldest son of Earl Howe is Viscount Curzon - a case of a Viscount being the son of an Earl.

    The origins of courtesy titles can be complex. The most common derivation occurs when the head of the family actually bears two or more titles - The Duke of X and the Earl of Y and Viscount Z - and decides to dump off one of his lesser titles onto his son.


  • Ludwig
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    No.  You mean 'Viscount'. 

  • F
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    No it’s a mint chocolate biscuit.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    The children of peers are permitted "courtesy" titles. If their father holds more than one title, the eldest child may use one of those. If you read "Brideshead Revisited"  Sebastian Flyte's father is Lord Alexander Flyte, the Marquess of Marchmain. His elder brother (who is the heir) is 'Bridey' - the Earl of Brideshead, using one of Marchmain's subsidiary titles. Younger children are Lord and Lady, thus he is Lord Sebastian and his sisters, Lady Julia and Lady Cordelia.  Only Marchmain is the one with the actual titles, all the others are a courtesy. So if the son of an Earl is a Viscount it is because his father is also a Viscount as well as an Earl. 

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Not necessarily it depends if the Earl is also a viscount. An Earl may have several titles, and he may let his eldest son use one of his lesser titles, such as Viscount. The Earl of Wessex is also Viscount Severn, so he lets his son use the title as a courtesy.  The Earl of Snowdon's son is Viscount Linley in the same way. But a Viscount in his own right, like Viscount Montgomery of Alamein is not the son of an Earl: his father was created a Viscount and he inherited the title. Whilst his father was alive, the present viscount was simply Lord David Montgomery as a courtesy title.

  • 2 months ago

    What is a viscount in England?

    A viscount is the fourth rank in the British peerage system, standing directly below an earl and above a baron. There are approximately 270 viscountcies currently extant in the peerages of the British Isles, though most are secondary titles.

  • Rick
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    I don`t know but this is how you correctly spell - viscount.

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