The second highest rank in the British aristocracy is a Marquess. (A woman of equivalent rank, or married to a Marquess in a "Marchioness"). All children of a Marquess or Marchioness are automatically entitled to call themselves "The Lord..." or "The Lady...". John was a naval cadet at Dartmouth, already held back one term, who ended up in my term, graduating in 1944. He was the second son of the Marquess, but his elder brother died, and John inherited his father's title.