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  Burke's Peerage Library     106th Edition

Precedence in Northern Ireland

The Royal Family as in England, then:

1-Lords Lieutenant of counties and Lieutenants of Belfast and Londonderry under the same conditions governing their counterparts in Scotland.

2-High Sheriffs of counties according to the same conditions as just noted.

3-The Primates and Archbishops of Ireland, whether Catholic or Protestant, or the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, ranked between themselves according to the seniority of their consecration or translation if Archbishops and the date of election if the Moderator.

4-The Lord Mayor of Belfast and the Mayors of boroughs in Northern Ireland, but as in England the Mayors take precedence next to the Royal Family if within their city halls' precincts.

5-Recorders of boroughs in Northern Ireland during civic functions in their boroughs.

6-The High Sheriffs of Belfast and Londonderry under the same conditions as with Recorders.

Then precedence as in England until the most junior of the younger sons of Marquesses, who is followed by:

7-Bishops of the Church of Ireland and Roman Catholic Bishops according to seniority of consecration.

Then as in England until the most junior of the Barons, who is followed by:

8-The Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland.

Then as in England till the most junior of the Privy Counsellors, who is followed by:

9-The Senior Naval Officer in charge in Northern Ireland waters, the General Officer Commanding Northern Ireland and the Air Officer Commanding Northern Ireland, amongst themselves according to Queen's regulations.

10-Attorney-General.

11-Lords Justices of Appeal in Northern Ireland.

12-High Court Judges in Northern Ireland.

13-Recorders of boroughs in Northern Ireland if within their cities but when they are not at civic functions.

14-High Sheriffs of Belfast and Londonderry if within their cities but when they are not at civic functions.

Then as with England until the most junior of the Knights Bachelor, who is followed by:

15-The Town Clerk, City Chamberlain of Belfast and District Clerks of Northern Ireland inside the bounds of their jurisdiction.

16-County Court Judges in Northern Ireland and Recorders of boroughs when outside these boroughs.

As with England until the most junior of the younger sons of Knights, who is followed by:

17-The Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service.

18-The Permanent Secretary to the Department of Finance and Personnel.

19-The Permanent Secretary to the Department of Education for Northern Ireland.

20-The Permanent Secretary to the Department of Agriculture for Northern Ireland.

21-The Permanent Secretary to the Department of the Environment (Northern Ireland).

22-The Permanent Secretary to the Department of Economic Development.

23-The Permanent Secretary to the Department of Health and Social Services.

24-The Clerk of the Northern Ireland Assembly (who is still in office despite the Northern Ireland Assembly's dissolution).

25-The Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland.

26-The Legislative Draftsman of Northern Ireland.

27-The Crown Solicitor for Northern Ireland.

28-Queen's Counsel of Northern Ireland.

29-The Chief Constable of the RUC.

Precedence Introduction.
Precedence Part 1.
Precedence Part 2.
Precedence in England and Wales for Ladies.
Local Precedence.
Precedence in Scotland.
Precedence in Northern Ireland.

  Burke's Peerage Library     106th Edition



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