I think Lord Sinderby is a Viscount or a Baron, but I'm not sure which. Your thoughts?
My reasoning is below:
The son of an Earl, Duke or Marquess would have a courtesy title; Atticus does not - so that calls them out.
Are there any other differences as to whether we can tell which of the two remaining titles - Viscount, Baron - Lord Sinderby is? Debretts says that a son of a Baron or a Viscount both use "The Hon" and "Mr" with "Mr" being used in conversation - as Edith calls Atticus in 5x06.
Sinderby is the first of his title, so his father COULD still be living, btw.
Actually, it is perfectly correct for a peer below the rank of duke to be introduced as Lord Whatever. "The" only really comes in if the formal title is used.
My rule of thumb is that any character who is ONLY ever described as "Lord" is a Baron (which is never used in speech). All ranks above are identified and described as such in-series, such as Viscount Gillingham.
Lord Merton is a Baron; that was confirmed by 5.05, I believe.
Given that the sons of earls were called "Honourables" too, it is possible then that Lord Sinderby is an earl, viscount, or baron. Given that the title was "acquired" I wonder if that might be a clue as to determining which one it is.
Second sons of earls hold the written title of "Honourable". First sons of earls hold courtesy titles, which are the lesser titles held by their fathers. For example, if when Robert and Cora were married, he was actually called Viscount Downton as his father was still living. If their son had lived at the end of season 1, he would then have inherited the courtesy title of Viscount Downton.
Lord Sinderby is most likely a Baron or Viscount. If Sinderby was an Earl, Marquess, or Duke, Atticus would have a courtesy title.
Lord Sinderby must be a Baron, for the way that people call him and the tittle is new, his butler mocked about it, also when Rose spoke about Atticus family for the first time Robert noticed that they basically were the "new kid on the block" and for that reason organized the horse race, in order to imprese the county that they now lived because, and Robert also noted, they basically bought some big house but the local people didnt want them so they were trying to charm everybody there. Also the way how they made their fortune, Atticus said that come from the banking business, the complete oposite to the old money who basically were landed gentry and the way that Lord Sinderby conducted himself, he was very snob and didnt have that "aristocratic charm" and basically he was imitating the way how the aristocracy behaved (like renting Brancaster).
I read somewhere that because England was so broke after the war that they basically sold tittles, so, people with a lot of money and connections finally obtained their tittle and joined the aristocracy. I am only guessing but it is very possible that even Carlisle obtained a tittle also if he pay it for it.
I do believe Lord Sinderby is a Baron as when he is introduced he'd be announced as The Viscount Sinderby had he been a Viscount and only refered to as Lord Sinderby but as he is announced Lord Sinderby it'd mean he is a Baron, no?
No, with the exception of a Duke, all other male members of the peerage are simply refered to as "Lord" in conversation or when making an introduction outside of the most formal circumstances. The fact that he is referd to as "Lord Sinderby" does not in and of itself prove he is a Baron.
What do you think?