In the arcane world of royal courts, everyone
has to have their place. Scottish Peers take precedence over English peers
of the same rank. There ranks are exactly the same as in England
- The first Dukes in Scotland were the sons of
Robert III in 1397 - his eldesDavid, Duke of Rothsay and his brother
Robert, Duke of Albany.
- Anciently called Comes
- Was formerly the deputy of an Earl, now a title in
its own right.
- Dating back to the Saxon title, Thane,
which the Normans changed Baron.
Priviledges of Peerage
The Peerage of Scotland in 1834 recorded the priviledges
of being a peer
- They could not be arrested for debt, nor could they
be outlawed Formerly their servants enjoyed the same privilege,
but they were deprived of it by act of parliament in 1770.
- They could only be tried by their peers in criminal
cases, in a court erected for that purpose.
- There was a law by which any man convicted of
making a scandalous report against a peer (even though true) would be
condemned to pay an arbitrary fine.
- Lord Kingsale is the only peer who has the privilege
of being covered in the royal presense without permission.
I am not certain which of these are still on the Statute
Book. Certainly being a peer did have its privelidges