You can now buy a genuine lord or lady title for yourself or for the one you love. These are sold by several vendors, some better than others. We will help you choose the right title.
Most title packs are based on Scottish landowner Lordships or historic English Lord of the Manor titles. Both these options support the legal right to use the honorific title Lord or Lady. Please note that no company guarantees honorific title changes and government documents which do not display any title such as all passports (and in some jurisdictions drivers licences) cannot be updated. These titles have no connection to The House of Lords or British peerages. Within most legal jurisdictions, should you wish to change your honorific title to Lord or Lady (Laird of Scotland or Lord or Lady of the Manor) then you can change this at any time, provided you own land in Scotland or own part of a titled Manor in England.
Why would you want a British title?
The spirit behind the sale of title packs is usually to provide a fun and novel product for people who want to buy something a little different. Most people love the idea and the title packs themselves. Often there is a good cause behind the business – title sales are often fund-raisers.
How do you buy a title in modern Britain?
As you know, the Lord and Lady titles are still in use in modern British society. For example: The world remembers Lady Diana, wife of British heir to the throne, Prince Charles. The famous World War 1 recruitment poster announced, “your country needs YOU” and featured Lord Horatio Kitchener. Lord Clark of Windermere, a life peer, is a retired politician and ex Chairman of the Forestry Commission and Lord Snowdon, the 1st Earl of Snowdon, is a well known English photographer who was married to Princess Margaret, younger daughter of King George VI and younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II.
These four Lords have a title of nobility and became a Lord because they either:
1: Inherited their title: For example, hereditary peer Lord Bradford became a Lord following the death of his father, the 6th Earl of Bradford, when the title passed to him.
2: Were given a life peerage by The Queen, who makes someone a Lord on the advice of the Prime Minister or the House of Lords Appointments Commission. She usually bestows Life Peerages and these people usually join the House of Lords. Life peerages are often awarded to party donors and those who have done favours for politicians or who might be expected to “vote the right way”.
BUT there is a third way to become a Lord or Lady
Did you know there’s an alternative – if you’d like to become a Lord too, without the need to donate thousands of pounds to a political party. You can simply buy a legal, professional and decorative title from one of the many specialist organisations that exist to make you a Lord or Lady.
Can I really use the title?
Yes, British Lord and Lady titles can be used pretty much anywhere. Most the title pack are based on Scottish landowner titles. Scotland’s chief of heraldry, Lord Lyon states “‘laird’ has generally been applied to the owner of an estate“. Buy a Scottish estate – even a very tiny one, and you too will be a Scottish Lord or Lady. In England, Lordships are generally based on historic English Lord of the Manor titles that support the legal right to use the honorific title Lord or Lady. And whilst your new title will not gain you access to the House of Lords or a stately home or other trappings of the aristocracy, you will find it’s a fun way to enjoy a little “taste of the high life”!
Do I get to use a Coat of Arms?
Purchasing a Coat of Arms through official channels is expensive and time consuming. Lord Lyon charges £3,232 ($5,000) for a new Grant of shield, crest, motto and supporters and generally takes over a year to make the award. The College of Arms, the official heraldic authority for England, Wales, Northern Ireland and much of the Commonwealth including Australia and New Zealand, charges twice as much. Yet most title vendors permit new Lords and Ladies to freely use their heraldry. Now that’s a bargain! These unique Coats of Arms are generally specially created to reflect the history of the title and the estate and in some cases have been hand painted exclusively for title pack owners.