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Succession when a Peer Dies
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Introduction of a New Peer - Fees for Promotion
Introduction of a New Peer to the House of Lords
Table of Precendency Among Men
Parliamentary Robes
Female Peerage

Introduction of a New Peer

When does a man have to pay for an honour or a promotion?

When he gains a peerage , is made bishop, or is introduced to the House of Peers.

We think of a man being created a peer as having received an honor, and seldom think of his having to pay for it. However, whether a man was created a peer for merit or succeeded to a peerage of his father or other relative, he had to pay a fee. He also had to pay a fee if he were made a bishop and an additional one if he was translated from one see to a better one.

 

These fees are called homage fees , and some sources think the fees were a substitute for knight’s service. There are also fees to have the creation or the succession published in the Gazette.

When the peer makes his first appearance at the House of Lords, he participates in an old age ceremony for which a fee also must be paid.

These fees were paid to the Receiver of Fees - who was a clerk in the House of Peers. In 1812 this was a Mr. Charles Sutherland.

Prince of Wales: upon creation - £703 6 8 Upon his first introduction to the House he paid £30.

A Duke paid £350 3 4 upon creation and £27 on first introduction

A Marquis paid £272 10 8 , then £19 6 8 upon intro.

An Earl paid £203 3 4 upon creation, and £14 on first into

A Viscount paid £159 7 4 upon creation, then £12 upon intro

A baron paid £150 upon creation and £ 9 upon introduction.

If a peer advanced in title ,( If a baron was made a viscount or an earl) he was required to pay the appropriate fee;

Every bishop was required to pay upon his first Consecration and upon future

Promotion £14. The Archbishop paid £27 upon introduction

This info is from the Royal Kalendar and annual Register for 1812.

Peer Law
Succession when a Peer Dies
Contested Peerages
Number of Peers
Introduction of a New Peer - Fees for Promotion
Introduction of a New Peer to the House of Lords
Table of Precendency Among Men
Parliamentary Robes
Female Peerage

 

   
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