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However, James Carnegie succeeding his maternal aunt (Alexandra) as the duke of Fife would have been an entirely different matter, whereby a son outranked his own father (Charles, the 11th Earl of Southeask).
After all, he inherited a peerage in his own right. On a different note: why was he the 3rd duke of Fife, if a new dukedom was created?
No, the son and heir of the Duke of Fife is called Earl of Southesk. It is not obligatory for him to be called one or the other; it is up to the family. The only “rule” is that it has to be a lower rank than the principal title and not share the same designation.
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