Commentary on Article XXIII

XXIII. Privileges of the peerage

Although by Article XXII only 16 lords of the Peerage of Scotland would sit in the House of Lords, Article XXIII states that all Scots peers have the same rights as English peers, aprt from that of sitting in the House of Lords. They are called "Peers of Great Britain" and that peculiar privilege, that on being accused of crime a peer may be tried before the Lords, is extended to all peers, not just the 16 representative peers.