One Good Reason

…why we need Scotland independent is to rid us of the flummery that takes place in the name of the people and with which the great bulk of Scots wish to have no truck. Although Scots down the ages have shown an irreverent disregard for such niceties, that venerable English institution Debrett’s helpfully prints a ranking list so that we may all know our place.

Personally, I’d rather be a hairy-arsed rebel when it comes to class and decline to acknowledge being assigned to any rank, other than by merit. I spent too long in the colonies to put up with such guff. But, for those of you who need someone to tell you your value, here is Debrett’s rank ordered (pun intended) Table of Precedent for Scotland:

  1. The Duke of Edinburgh
  2. Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland (during sitting of the General Assembly)
  3. Duke of Rothesay (The Prince of Wales)
  4. The Sovereign’s Younger Sons
  5. The Sovereign’s Grandsons
  6. The Sovereign’s Cousins
  7. Lord-Lieutenants of Counties
  8. Lord Provosts of Cities being ex-officio Lord-Lieutenants of those Cities
  9. Sheriffs Principal
  10. Lord Chancellor of Great Britain
  11. Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland (during office)
  12. Keeper of the Great Seal of Scotland (the First Minister)
  13. Presiding Officer
  14. Secretary of State for Scotland
  15. Hereditary High Constable of Scotland
  16. Hereditary Master of the Household in Scotland
  17. Dukes (as in English Table)
  18. Eldest Sons of Dukes of the Blood Royal
  19. Marquesses (as in English Table)
  20. Eldest Sons of Dukes
  21. Earls (as in English Table)
  22. Younger Sons of Dukes of the Blood Royal
  23. Eldest Sons of Marquesses
  24. Younger Sons of Dukes
  25. Lord Justice-General
  26. Lord Clerk Register
  27. Lord Advocate
  28. Advocate General
  29. Lord Justice-Clerk
  30. Viscounts (as in English Table)
  31. Eldest Sons of Earls
  32. Younger Sons of Marquesses
  33. Barons of Lords of Parliament (Scotland) (as in English Table)
  34. Eldest Sons of Viscounts
  35. Younger Sons of Earls
  36. Eldest Sons of Barons or Lords of Parliament
  37. Knights of the Garter
  38. Knights of the Thistle
  39. Privy Counsellors
  40. Senators of the College of Justice (Lords of Session), including Chairman of the Scottish Land Court
  41. Younger Sons of Viscounts
  42. Younger Sons of Barons or Lords of Parliament
  43. Baronets
  44. Knights Grand Cross and Knights Grand Commanders of Orders (as in English Table)
  45. Knights Commanders of Orders (as in English Table)
  46. Solicitor-General for Scotland
  47. Lord Lyon King of Arms
  48. Sheriffs Principal (when not within own county)
  49. Knights Bachelor
  50. Sheriffs
  51. Companions of the Order of the Bath
  52. Companions of the Order of the Star of India
  53. Companions of the Order of St Michael and St George
  54. Companions of the Order of the Indian Empire
  55. Commanders of the Royal Victorian Order
  56. Commanders of the Order of the British Empire
  57. Companions of the Distinguished Service Order
  58. Lieutenants of the Royal Victorian Order
  59. Officers of the Order of the British Empire
  60. Companions of the Imperial Service Order
  61. Eldest Sons of the Younger Sons of Peers
  62. Eldest Sons of Baronets
  63. Eldest Sons of Knights (according to the precedence of their fathers)
  64. Members of the Royal Victorian Order
  65. Members of the Order of the British Empire
  66. Younger Sons of Baronets
  67. Younger Sons of Knights
  68. Esquires
  69. Gentlemen

If you struggle to cope with 70 ranks, then pity the English event co-ordinator faced with, say, a state funeral, who has no fewer than 118. There are, for example, no bishops on our list. If the Bishop of Durham heads north, must the caterer commit hari-kari with a potato-peeler for lack of guidance?

And if you—like me—balked at item 69, realising that this whole list only applies to men, then you must consider an entirely separate list that applies to women. How high-class event handlers are supposed to cope if the two should ever mix is not made clear.

  1. The Sovereign’s Daughter
  2. The Sovereign’s Granddaughters
  3. The Sovereign’s Cousin
  4. Duchess of Rothesay
  5. Wives of Sovereign’s Younger Sons
  6. Wives of Dukes of the Blood Royal
  7. Duchesses (as in English Table)
  8. Wives of Eldest Sons of Dukes of the Blood Royal
  9. Marchionesses (as in English Table)
  10. Wives of Eldest Sons of Dukes
  11. Daughters of Dukes
  12. Wives of Younger Sons of Dukes of the Blood Royal
  13. Wives of Eldest Sons of Marquesses
  14. Daughters of Marquesses
  15. Wives of Younger Sons of Dukes
  16. Countesses (as in English Table)
  17. Viscountesses (as in English Table)
  18. Wives of Eldest Sons of Earls
  19. Daughters of Earls
  20. Wives of Younger Sons of Marquesses
  21. Baronesses, or Ladies of Parliament (Scotland) (as in English Table)
  22. Wives of Eldest Sons of Viscounts
  23. Daughters of Viscounts
  24. Wives of Younger Sons of Earls
  25. Wives of Eldest Sons of Barons or Lords of Parliament
  26. Daughters of Barons or Lords of Parliament
  27. Ladies of the Order of the Garter
  28. Wives of Knights of the Garter
  29. Ladies of the Order of the Thistle
  30. Wives of Knights of the Thistle
  31. Privy Counsellors (Women)
  32. Wives of the Younger Sons of Viscounts
  33. Wives of Younger Sons of Barons
  34. Daughters of Lords of Appeal in Ordinary
  35. Wives of Sons of Lords of Appeal in Ordinary
  36. Wives of Baronets
  37. Dames Grand Cross of Orders (as in English Table)
  38. Wives of Knights Grand Cross and Knights Grand Commanders of Orders (as in English Tables)
  39. Wives of Knights Bachelor, and Wives of Senators of the College of Justice (Lords of Session) including the wife of the Chairman of the Scottish Land Court
  40. Companions of the Order of the Bath
  41. Companions of the Order of St Michael and St George
  42. Commanders of the Royal Victorian Order
  43. Commanders of the Order of the British Empire
  44. Wives of Companions of the Order of the Bath
  45. Wives of Companions of the Order of the Star of India
  46. Wives of Companions of the Order of St Michael and St George
  47. Wives of Companions of the Order of the Indian Empire
  48. Wives of Commanders of Royal Victorian Order
  49. Wives of Commanders of the Order of the British Empire
  50. Wives of Companions of the Distinguished Service Order
  51. Lieutenants of the Royal Victorian Order
  52. Officers of the Order of the British Empire
  53. Wives of Officers of the Order of the British Empire
  54. Wives of Companions of the Imperial Service Order
  55. Wives of the Eldest Sons of the Younger Sons of Peers
  56. Daughters of the Younger Sons of Peers
  57. Wives of the Eldest Sons of Baronets
  58. Daughters of Baronets
  59. Wives of the Eldest Sons of Knights of the Garter
  60. Wives of the Eldest Sons of Knights
  61. Daughters of Knights
  62. Members of the Royal Victorian Order
  63. Members of the Order of the British Empire
  64. Wives of Members of the Royal Victorian Order
  65. Wives of Members of the Order of the British Empire
  66. Wives of the Younger Sons of Baronets
  67. Wives of the Younger Sons of Knights
  68. Wives of Esquires
  69. Wives of Gentlemen

About davidsberry

Local councillor, tour guide and database designer. Keen on wildlife, history, boats and music. Stood for the Scottish Parliament 2011; lost by 151 votes.
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