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One qwuestin regarding the second duchess. She was always styld Princess Arthur of Conmnaught but why was she not syled as Duchess of Fife like it is done for other members of the royal Family who hold a peerage on their own.
OK: I basically get the picture, then. Because neither he nor his mother was direct in the Fife succession, and he was only a grandson of an earl, he would have been styled as only Honourable, during the first 12 years of his life. I'm assuming that his father (the future 11th Earl of Southesk) was, in fact, Baron Balinhard by courtesy from 1905 to 1941. It's just that he was styled as Lord Charles Carnegie.
Then the son himself became Baron Balinhard after the death of his grandfather (also named Charles), the 10th earl. So for the next 18 years, he would have been styled as Lord James Carnegie. Correct?
Then, of course, his maternal aunt (Alexandra, the 2nd duchess of Fife) died in 1959, having been predeceased by both her only son (James' cousin Alistair) and younger sister (Maud, James' mother).
So despite his father living to 1992, when James succeeded him as the 12th Earl of Southesk, he for decades had a higher rank as His Grace the 3rd Duke of Fife. Now his own only son, however, was indeed styled as the Earl of Macduff by courtesy from his birth in 1961 to 1992, according to Wikipedia. Then, with the death of his grandfather, David Carnegie evidently assumed the title Earl of Southesk by courtesy. It's just that he obviously couldn't become the official 13th earl until the death in 2015 of his father, when he also inherited the Fife dukedom.
As for his own sons: it seems that the eldest (Charles) is styled as the Earl of Southesk by courtesy. The courtesy title Earl of Macduff no longer seems to apply. Like his father before him, James lived to an old age. So despite David enjoying courtesy titles of earl, his own sons were only Honourable until 2015. Correct?
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