What is the correct way to describe people inheriting a castle? (American and British English)

Castle heirs


Heirs of the castle


Heirs to the castle

It's just a phrase I've heard, but I've seen it written in various ways and I want to know which is the correct way. "heirs to the kingdom, heirs to the castle, heirs to blah blah". Sometimes they put, example, "heirs of the crown" or "crown heirs".

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    Heirs to the castle is what I'd say.
    – Greybeard
    May 16, 2023 at 14:47
  • Compare 'heir to the throne' vs 'throne heir' in Google searches. May 16, 2023 at 15:38
  • @EdwinAshworth My question is a plural sentence, not singular
    – acgbox
    May 16, 2023 at 15:40
  • Because "heir" sounds like the more common word "air", you should try and find a phrase that can't be mistaken for something about "air". "Air of the castle" and "castle air" are valid, "Air to the castle" doesn't make much sense. This writing advice is off-topic, so take it before it's deleted;)
    – Stuart F
    May 16, 2023 at 16:42
  • Compare 'heirs to the throne' vs 'throne heirs' in Google searches. Mirrored ratios. May 16, 2023 at 18:47

2 Answers 2


Do you mean heir or inheritor?
heirs are listed in wills and are supposed to inherit the loot,
becoming the inheritors of the castle OR castle inheritors. The same goes for heir: the castle heirs or heirs of the castle.

heirs to the castle is possible but would not be used in a legal text. It is more literary. No, I cannot prove it. [:)] Heir to a great fortune.

Just like: the owner of the car, the car owner. In English, we often use a noun as an adjective, AKA an attributive noun.

attributive nouns

heir and inheritor from this site

  • heir to anything It can be a castle, or a kingdom. What I want to know is how the sentence is structured
    – acgbox
    May 16, 2023 at 15:05
  • @acgbox What sentence? This is a phrase. I have answered your question, why are you reposing it again now? I just don't get why people do this. Sure, kingdom, castle, pile of money and a lot of other stuff one can imagine, can be inherited.
    – Lambie
    May 16, 2023 at 15:14
  • One is an heir of a person, and an heir to an item or title. An "heir of the castle" would be a descendent of the castle itself, which makes no sense. Charles was the heir of (not to) Elizabeth, and was the heir to the throne, not the heir of the throne. May 16, 2023 at 15:19
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    @acgbox There is nothing wrong with your question. But you are not reading me properly: The heirs [PLURAL] of the castle or to the castle can be expressed as the castle heirs. A noun (castle) used as an adjective is always in the singular.
    – Lambie
    May 16, 2023 at 15:59
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    @acgbox I already have. castle heirs, heirs of the castle, heirs to the castle. They are all there.
    – Lambie
    May 16, 2023 at 16:10

One is generally an heir of a person, but an heir to an item or title. If you inherit a castle from your father, you are the heir of your father, and the heir to the castle.

This convention is quite strict for certain things, for example, one would never describe an "heir of the throne", only an "heir to the throne". It's perhaps a bit looser for other things, so it may not be totally unheard of to describe an "heir of the castle", but "heir to the castle" is the far more common usage.


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