Many of the people
you will meet portray Clan Chiefs, Military Officers, members of the Peerage
(Dukes, Earls, Lords), Gentlemen, Ladies, and of course, Royalty. These
people were cap-a-pie different from everyone else. Remember this is 1745
Europe and some people were better then others (a bitter pill for many
of us to swallow.)
You are required to act appropriately when any of these people are in
your presence, speaking to you, or in your camp. Conversations and activities
should cease when they arrive. You should stand when they arrive and then
follow the appropriate kneeling/bowing guidelines provided below. You
should offer them a chair and/or sustenance. These courtesies are required.
Protocol is something which can add so much to the character of the event
without a great investment of time or energy.
His Royal Highness Charles Edward Stuart; Prince of Wales, Prince Regent,
Commander-in-Chief, is addressed as: “Your Highness”, or “Your
Royal Highness”. He is not “Your Majesty” (that is his
father), nor “Your Grace” (that is a Duke), or “Eminence”
(religious use), or “Lordship” (lesser peerage.) For the Prince,
men must remove their hats and everyone above the salt should bow and
those below the salt should kneel. Do not speak unless spoken to. If offered,
take his hand and kiss over it.
High ranking Jacobites and members of his personal staff may, privately,
address him as “Prince Regent”, or “My Prince”.
[As a term of familiarity by a few Clans who claimed Royal descent themselves,
Prince Charles might have been referred to as “Your Grace”
in order that they not appear to have surrendered any potential royal
Dukes are addressed as “Your Grace”. For Dukes, men should
lift their bonnets and everyone should bow slightly. (If he is your Duke,
i.e. landlord, kneel.) Speak when spoken to.
Earls, Lords, and other members of the Peerage are addressed “My
Lord”, or “Lord______” (fill in name or title.) For
this group, touching or lifting the bonnet is appropriate. A slight bow
is good. Speak when spoken to.
Gentlemen, Ladies, Clan Chiefs, and Officers, should be addressed as “Sir”,
“Sir “ (fill in name or title), or “Capt.- Maj.-Col.
“ (fill in name). A Lady is “Lady ” (fill in name.)
For this group it is best to wait until you are spoken to.
When in doubt about protocol, remember too much is better then not enough.
Do not be offended by the marmoreal appearance of the Peers. If you don’t
know what to do, act humble, mumble, say “sir” a lot, look
down, and wait.