Tuesday 10 December 2019

Not entitled to title

• "McGuinness becomes crown aristocrat with 'Steward' title" (Fiach Kelly, January 3) may be an amusing headline but it is factually untrue. To be an aristocrat, Martin McGuinness would have to have been appointed a baron, viscount, earl, marquess or duke. The position of crown steward and bailiff of the Manor of Northstead is a job, perhaps akin to a groundskeeper, but which now has no functions.

It is an amusing sidenote to Mr McGuinness resigning as an MP, but let's not exaggerate.

William Quill
Bray, Co Wicklow

Irish Independent

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