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THE SCALE OF GENERAL PRECEDENCE IN SCOTLAND

ROYAL WARRANT FOR A SCALE OF PRECEDENCE IN SCOTLAND

EDWARD, R & I

EDWARD THE SEVENTH, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and of the British Dominion's beyond the Seas King, Defender of the Faith.

To all and sundry whom these Presents do or may concern.

Greeting!

Whereas it has been humbly represented unto Us that a Scale of Precedence in Scotland has not been defined with due authority, and that doubts and a diversity of practice have arisen in consequence which it is desirable should be determined by the exercise of Our Royal Prerogative.

And whereas We have deemed it expedient for these and other considerations Us thereunto moving that the place and precedence in Scotland of Peers, Officers of State, Lords of Session, Sheriffs and other persons having hereditary, official, or personal rank, should be regulated by Warrant under Our Royal Sign Manual.

Therefore, know ye that We, Of Our Princely Grade and mere Motion, have ordained and declared, and do by these Presents ordain and declare, that all such Peers Officers, Lords of Session, Sheriffs, and other persons entitled as aforesaid, and all ladies entitled as aforesaid, or in their own right, shall have on all occasions place, pre-eminence, and precedence in Scotland in their degrees according to their respective positions in the Tables hereunto annexed, intituled "The Scale of General Precedence in Scotland," and "The Scale of Precedence for Ladies in Scotland".

Our will and pleasure therefore is that Lyon King of Arms, to whom the cognisance of matters of this nature in Scotland doth properly belong, do see this Order observed and kept, and do cause the same to be recorded in the Lyon Office in Edinburgh, to the end that Our Officers of Arms there and all others upon occasion may take full notice and have knowledge thereof, and for so doing this shall be his Warrant.

Given at Our Court at Buckingham Palace the ninth day of March one thousand nine hundred and five, in the fifth year of Our Reign.

By His Majesty's Command.

LINLITHGOW

THE SCALE OF GENERAL PRECEDENCE IN SCOTLAND

THE SOVEREIGN

The Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland during the sitting of the General Assembly.
Duke of Rothesay.
Younger Sons of the Sovereign.
Grandsons of the Sovereign.
Brothers of the Sovereign.
Uncles of the Sovereign.
Nephews of the Sovereign.
Note
   Lord-Lieutenants of Counties.
   Lord Provosts of Cities being ex officio Lord-Lieutenants of those Cities.
Sheriff Principal
   during their terms of office, and within the bounds of their respective Sheriffdoms shall have precedence next after the Royal Family and the Lord High Commissioner.
   Every Lord-Lieutenant of a County and every Lord-Lieutenant of a County of a City during his term of office, and within the limits of his jurisdiction, shall have precedence before the Sheriff Principal having concurrent jurisdiction.
The Lord Chancellor of Great Britain.
The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland during his term of office.
The Keeper of the Great Seal of Scotland (The First Minister).
The Presiding Officer.
The Secretary of State for Scotland.
The Hereditary High Constable of Scotland.
The Hereditary Master of the Household in Scotland.
Dukes of England.
Dukes of Scotland.
Dukes of Great Britain.
Dukes of the United Kingdom and Dukes of Ireland created since the Union of Great Britain and Ireland.
Eldest Sons of Dukes of Blood Royal.
Marquesses of England.
Marquesses of Scotland.
Marquesses of Great Britain.
Marquesses of United Kingdom and Marquesses of Ireland created since the Union of Great Britain and Ireland.
Eldest Sons of Dukes.
Earls of England.
Earls of Scotland.
Earls of Great Britain.
Earls of United Kingdom and Earls of Ireland created since the Union of Great Britain and Ireland.
Younger Sons of Dukes of Blood Royal.
Eldest Sons of Marquesses.
Younger Sons of Dukes.
The Lord Justice-General.
The Lord Clerk Register.
The Lord Advocate.
The Advocate General.
The Lord Justice-Clerk.
Viscounts of England.
Viscounts of Scotland.
Viscounts of Great Britain.
Viscounts of the United Kingdom and Viscounts of Ireland created since the Union of Great Britain and Ireland.
Eldest Sons of Earls.
Younger Sons of Marquesses.
Barons of England.
Barons of Scotland.
Barons of Great Britain.
Barons of United Kingdom and Barons of Ireland created since the Union of Great Britain and Ireland.
Eldest Sons of Viscounts.
Younger Sons of Earls.
Eldest Sons of Barons.
Knights of the Garter.
Knights of the Thistle.
Privy Councillors.
Senators of the College of Justice (Lords of Session).
Younger Sons of Viscounts.
Younger Sons of Barons.
Sons of Law Life Peers.
Baronets.
Knights of St. Patrick.
Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath.
Knights Grand Commanders of the Order of the Star of India.
Knights Grand Cross of the Order of St. Michael and St. George.
Knights Grand Commanders of the Order of the Indian Empire.
Knights Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order.
Knights Commanders of the Order of the Bath.
Knights Commanders of the Order of the Star of India.
Knights Commanders of the Order of St. Michael and St. George.
Knights Commanders of the Order of the Indian Empire.
Knights Commanders of the Royal Victorian Order.
Solicitor-General for Scotland.
Lyon King of Arms.
Sheriffs Principal.
Knights Bachelor.
Sheriffs.
Commanders of the Royal Victorian Order.
Companions of the Order of the Bath.
Companions of the Order of the Star of India.
Companions of the Order of St. Michael and St. George.
Companions of the Order of the Indian Empire.
Members of the Fourth Class of the Royal Victorian Order.
Companions of the Distinguished Service Order.
Eldest Sons of Younger Sons of Peers.
Eldest Sons of Baronets.
Eldest Sons of Knights of the Garter, of the Thistle, and of St. Patrick.
Eldest Sons of Knights.
Members of the Fifth Class of the Royal Victorian Order.
Younger Sons of Baronets.
Younger Sons of Knights.
Queen's Counsel.
Esquires.
Gentlemen.

THE SCALE OF PRECEDENCE FOR LADIES IN SCOTLAND

The Queen.
Duchess of Rothesay.
Daughters of the Sovereign.
Wives of Younger Sons of the Sovereign.
Granddaughters of the Sovereign.
Wives of Grandsons of the Sovereign.
Sisters of the Sovereign.
Wives of Brothers of the Sovereign.
Aunts of the Sovereign.
Wives of Uncles of the Sovereign.
Nieces of the Sovereign.
Wives of Nephews of the Sovereign.
Duchesses in the rank of their Husbands, viz: Duchesses of England.
Duchesses of Scotland.
Duchesses of Great Britain.
Duchesses of the United Kingdom and Duchesses of Ireland of titles created since the Union of Great Britain and Ireland.
Wives of Eldest Sons of Dukes of Blood Royal.
Marchionesses in the rank of their Husbands, viz:
Marchionesses of England.
Marchionesses of Scotland.
Marchionesses of Great Britain.
Marchionesses of the United Kingdom and Marchionesses of Ireland of titles created since the Union of Great Britain and Ireland.
Wives of Eldest Sons of Dukes.
Daughters of Dukes.
Countesses in the rank of their Husbands, viz:
Countesses of England.
Countesses of Scotland.
Countesses of Great Britain.
Countesses of the United Kingdom and Countesses of Ireland of titles created since the Union of Great Britain and Ireland.
Wives of Younger Sons of Dukes of Blood Royal.
Wives of Eldest Sons of Marquesses.
Daughters of Marquesses.
Wives of Younger Sons of Dukes.
Viscountesses in the rank of their Husbands, viz:
Viscountesses of England.
Viscountesses of Scotland.
Viscountesses of Great Britain.
Viscountesses of the United Kingdom and Viscountesses of Ireland of titles created since the Union of Great Britain and Ireland.
Wives of Eldest Sons of Earls.
Daughters of Earls.
Wives of Younger Sons of Marquesses.
Baronesses in the rank of their Husbands, viz:
Baronesses of England.
Baronesses of Scotland.
Baronesses of Great Britain.
Baronesses of the United Kingdom and Baronesses of Ireland of titles created since the Union of Great Britain and Ireland.
Wives of Eldest Sons of Viscounts.
Daughters of Viscounts.
Wives of Younger Sons of Earls.
Wives of Eldest Sons of Barons.
Daughters of Barons.
Maids of Honour of the Queen.
Wives of Knights of the Garter.
Wives of Knights of the Thistle.
Wives of Younger Sons of Viscounts.
Wives of Younger Sons of Barons.
Daughters of Law Peers (Lords of Appeal in Ordinary).
Wives of Sons of Law Life Peers (Lords of Appeal in Ordinary).
Wives of Baronets.
Wives of Knights of St. Patrick.
Wives of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath.
Wives of Knights Grand Commanders of the Order of the Star of India.
Wives of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of St. Michael and St. George.
Wives of Knights Grand Commanders of the Order of the Indian Empire.
Wives of Knights Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order.
Wives of Knights Commanders of the Order of the Bath.
Wives of Knights Commanders of the Order of the Star of India.
Wives of Knights Commanders of the Order of St Michael and St. George.
Wives of Knights Commanders of the Order of the Indian Empire.
Wives of Knights Commanders of the Royal Victorian Order.
Wives of Knights Bachelor and Wives of Senators of the College of Justice (Lords of Session).
Taking precedence among themselves according to the date of their husbands' creation as Knights or appointment as Senators of the College of Justice respectively.
Wives of Commanders of the Royal Victorian Order.
Wives of Companions of the Order of the Bath.
Wives of Companions of the Order of the Star of India.
Wives of Companions of the Order of St. Michael and St. George.
Wives of Companions of the Order of the Indian Empire.
Wives of Members of the Fourth Class of the Royal Victorian Order.
Wives of Companions of the Distinguished Service Order.
Wives of Eldest Sons of Younger Sons of Peers.
Daughters of Younger Sons of Peers.
Wives of Eldest Sons of Baronets.
Daughters of Baronets.
Wives of Eldest Sons of Knights of the Garter, of the Thistle, and of St. Patrick.
Wives of Eldest Sons of Knights.
Daughters of Knights.
Wives of Members of the Fifth Class of the Royal Victorian Order.
Wives of Younger Sons of Baronets.
Wives of Younger Sons of Knights. Wives of Esquires.
Wives of Gentlemen.

APPENDIX

Note 1 By the Act of Union with Ireland, 1 January 1801 (cap. 67), it is provided that "the Temporal Peers of Ireland shall have rank next after the Peers of the like rank in Great Britain at the time of the Union." rank next after the Peers of the like rank in Great Britain at the time of the Union.

Note 2 By Royal Warrant of 22 December 1952 Her Majesty The Queen provided that His Royal Highness Prince Philip. Duke of Edinburgh should on all occasions and in all meetings except where otherwise provided by Act of Parliament have, hold and enjoy Place, Pre-eminence and Precedence next of Her Royal Person.

Note 3 By Royal Warrant of 18 July 1958 Her Majesty The Queen did revoke and altogether make void so much of the aforesaid Scale of General Precedence in Scotland and Scale of Precedence for Ladies in Scotland and defined and fixed the place, position and precedence of the sons of Lords of Appeal in Ordinary, of the Daughters of Lords of Appeal in Ordinary and of the wives of the aforesaid sons and did declare that the wife of a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary created before or after the date of the Warrant of 18 July and not otherwise entitled to sit and vote in the House of Lords and the wife of a Life Peer created in exercise of the powers conferred upon Her Majesty by the Life Peerages Act 1958 and not otherwise entitled as aforesaid and the widow of any such Lord of Appeal or Life Peer so long as she remains his widow shall have and enjoy on all occasions the same style, rank, precedence, rights and privileges as the wives or widows of hereditary barons of the United Kingdom in accordance with the date of the appointment of her husband as a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary or his creation as a Life Peer as the case may be.

Note 4 Dowager Peeresses and Baronets' widows take precedence of the wives of the existing Peers and Baronets of the same creations.

Note 5 By Royal Warrant of 30 June 1999, Her Majesty The Queen did make certain amendments to The Scale of General Precedence in Scotland and The Scale of Precedence for Ladies in Scotland, and did declare that the Keeper of the Great Seal of Scotland, being the First Minister, shall enjoy the same rank and precedence in Scotland whether or not he is a Peer of the Realm, and that the First Minister shall be substituted for the Secretary of State for Scotland; that The Presiding Officer shall enjoy rank and precedence immediately next to the Keeper of the Great Seal and that the Secretary of State for Scotland shall enjoy rank and precedence immediately next to the Presiding Officer whether or not he is a Peer; that the Advocate General shall enjoy rank and precedence immediately next to the Lord Advocate; that the Knights of the Thistle shall enjoy rank and precedence immediately next to the Knights of the Garter and the wives of the Knights of the Thistle shall enjoy rank and precedence immediately next to wives of the Knights of the Garter; that references to the Keeper of the Privy Seal and to Sheriffs-Substitutes shall be removed and a reference to Sheriffs inserted in place of the latter; that King's Counsel shall be replaced with Queen's Counsel; that the reference to Lords Lieutenant shall be replaced with a reference to Lord-Lieutenants and that the reference to counties in relation to Lord-Lieutenants shall be deleted and the reference to counties of cities in relation to Lord Provosts shall be amended to read "those cities"; that the words referring to counties and cities in relation to Sheriffs Principal shall be removed.


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