Lord Baden-Powell of Gilwell

From: Baden-Powell, Lessons from the Varsity of Life, 1933


"1929 saw the biggest event in our Scout History since the inauguration of the Movement, when we opened a camp for 50,000 Scouts of all nations at Arrowe Park, near Birkenhead. This was to mark the coming-of-age of the Movement….

"The Duke of Connaught opened the camp. The Prince of Wales attended it as the representative of His Majesty the King. Numerous men of distinction, foreign as well as British, also visited the camp. Again the Prince elected to live under canvas with the boys in spite of the wet, and once more added to his popularity among them.

"His Royal Highness hurled a bombshell at me when he announced that the King had been pleased to raise me to the Peerage as a mark of His Majesty’s approval of the Movement and its aims."

From: William Hillcourt, Baden-Powell: The Two Lives of a Hero, 1964

"…. the Prince of Wales read a letter from his father, King George V, to the assembled Scouts from all over the world:"

"It has given me great pleasure to mark this signal event in your history by conferring a peerage on the Chief Scout. Ever since its inception he has been the mainspring of this great adventure, from its small and almost humble beginning until today, when you number nearly two million in your ranks. The recognition of his valuable services to the cause will be welcomed by all who realize the importance of training the world’s youth both in mind and body…."

GEORGE, R. I. (George, King and Emperor)

Lord, in Great Britain, a general title for a prince or sovereign or for a feudal superior (especially a feudal tenant who holds directly from the king, i.e., a baron). It today denotes a peer of the realm, a member of the House of Lords, which includes the lords temporal and the lords spiritual.

The prefix lord is ordinarily used as a less formal alternative to the full title (whether held by right or by courtesy) of marquess, earl, or viscount and is always so used in the case of baron (particularly in the peerage of Scotland, where it remains the only correct usage at all times). Where the name is territorial, the "of" is dropped–thus "the marquess of A.," but "Lord A." The younger sons of a duke or marquess have, by courtesy, the title of lord prefixed to their Christian name and surname, e.g., Lord John Russell.

In the case of a diocesan bishop his proper title is the Lord Bishop of A., whether he be a spiritual peer or not. Some high officials of the Cabinet have the word lord prefixed to their titles, e.g., first lord of the Treasury (the prime minister), lord high chancellor, lord president of the council, lord privy seal. In certain cases the members of a board that has taken the place of an office of state are known as lords commissioners, e.g., lords of the Treasury, civil or naval lords of the Admiralty.

The form of address "my lord" is properly used not only for bishops and those of the nobility to whom the title "lord" is applicable but also for all judges of the high court in England and lord provosts.

Baron,title of nobility, ranking in modern times immediately below a viscount or a count (in countries without viscounts). Originally, in the early Middle Ages, the term baron designated a tenant of whatever rank who held a tenure of barony direct from the king. Gradually, however, the word came to mean a powerful personage and, therefore, a magnate….

England. In the 11th and early 12th centuries all English tenants in chief were known as barons and their reliefs regulated more or less according to the size of their estates. By the year 1200, however, the barons were coming to be regarded as a distinct class and were even roughly divided between "greater" and "lesser" baronies.

Thus far the barons’ position was connected with the tenure of land. The great change in their status was effected when their presence in that council of the realm that became the House of Lords was determined by the issue of a writ of summons, dependent not on the tenure of land but only on the king’s will. This change occurred under Edward I, although those who received such summons were not as yet distinguished from commoners by any style or title. The style of baron was first introduced by Richard II in 1387, when he created John Beauchamp, by patent, lord de Beauchamp and baron of Kidderminster. Such creations became common under Henry VI but "Baron" as a form of address could not evict "Lord." To this day a baron is addressed in correspondence as "the Lord A," although other peers under the rank of duke are spoken of as "lords," while they are addressed in correspondence by their proper styles. To speak of "Baron A" is an unhistorical and quite recent practice. When a barony, however, is vested in a lady, it is now the recognized custom to speak of her as baroness; e.g., Baroness Berkeley.

From Britannica Online

"Lord." Britannica Online.
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"Baron." Britannica Online.
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