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Nobody has answered my question as to whether she would have become a duchess of Fife in her own right, had she survived Alexandra (in which case she would have become the 3rd duchess, and her son the fourth duke).
Like Lady Anne Churchill, she predeceased her older sister; so I'm not sure if Parliament made provisions only for the eldest daughter of the first duke to become a duchess in her own right, or for all the daughters.
The new Dukedom with the new succession rules was created for the 1st Duke (husband of Pss Louise). He was succeeded by his elder daughter Pss Alexandra as the 2nd Duchess, and she by her nephew, the 3rd Duke.
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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