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From: "John Steele Gordon" <>
Subject: Re: Britain's Real Monarch
Date: Sun, 04 Jan 2004 18:14:16 GMT
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"James Dempster" <> wrote in
> >Leo van de Pas has kindly informed me that the proper spelling is
> >But there is still no title by that name listed in Whitaker's (sorry for
> >misspelling above). The fact that the title passed only last year would
> >no difference.
> >Perhaps the title has been dormant for more than a generation, although
> >inheritance seems relatively straight forward.
> It's in my 1993 Whitaker's in the separate section for Countesses in
> their own right, which comes at the end of the Earls but before the
> "1633 S. Loudoun (13th in line), Barbara Huddleston Abney-Hastings, b
> 1919, s 1960, m. Heir Lord Mauchline, b 1942."
> Whitties has gone downhill badly in recent years but I would have
> thought that the title would be in there somewhere.
You're right. Very stupid of me. But how old-fashioned of Whitaker's to list
the peeresses in their own right separately. They were admitted to the House
of Lords way back in 1963 (and then they were all, men and ladies alike,
booted out in 1999).
There was an article in the Wall Street Journal maybe ten years ago about a
construction foreman in Maine who, much to his surprise, inherited an
earldom, but I can't remember his name or his title.