Some nobles are more senior than others. To help differentiate the seniority of nobleman, a rank system has been developed of the years. When researching history, it is usually helpful to understand this system. The aim of this article is to give you a basic understand of the system in England.

The below table is a list of the ranks, in both the masculine and feminine forms, with an example. It is in descending order of seniority.

Masculine Feminine Example
Duke Duchess Duke of Suffolk
Marquess Marchioness Marquess of Granby
Earl Countess Earl of Leicester
Viscount Viscountess Viscount Horatio Nelson
Baron Baroness Baron Grey of Groby
Baronet Dame Sir _____________ Bt


By Thomas J Williams