Source:Cokayne, George Edward. Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct, or Dormant

Source The complete peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, extant, extinct, or dormant [2nd ed.]
Author Cokayne, George Edward
Gibbs; et al, Vicary
Place Scotland
Subject Family tree
Publication information
Type Book
Publisher St. Catherine Press
Date issued 1910-59
Place issued London
Number of Volumes 14
Cokayne, George Edward, and Vicary Gibbs; et al. The complete peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, extant, extinct, or dormant [2nd ed.]. (London: St. Catherine Press, 1910-59).
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'The Complete Peerage' (full title: The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom Extant, Extinct, or Dormant; first edition by George Edward Cokayne, Clarenceux King of Arms; 2nd edition revised by the Hon. Vicary Gibbs et al.) is a comprehensive and magisterial work on the titled aristocracy of the British Isles.

The Complete Peerage was first published in eight volumes between 1887 and 1898 by George Edward Cokayne (G. E. C.). This version was effectively replaced by a new and enlarged edition between 1910 and 1959 edited successively by Vicary Gibbs (Cokayne's nephew), H. A. Doubleday, Duncan Warrand, Lord Howard de Walden, Geoffrey H. White and R. S. Lea. The revised edition (published by the St. Catherine Press Limited), took the form of twelve volumes with volume twelve being issued in two parts. Volume thirteen was issued in 1940, not as part of the alphabetical sequence, but as a supplement covering creations and promotions within the peerage between 1900 and 1938.

It has subsequently been reprinted in a number of formats, most notably by Alan Sutton Publishers who reduced it in size to six volumes in a photographically reduced format (this contains four page images on each smaller page). It is also available on CD. A further reprint in six volumes appeared in 2000, together with Volume 14, which is an appendix, updating briefly from original publication (1910–1938) to 1995.

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The FamilySearch entry shown as "Other" provides information on Family History Library holdings (Family history center), but also contains links to each volume available online (free website).

The FamilySearch entry shown as "Family history center" contains a link to online genealogies, which appears to be broken at this time; the remaining information is about Family History Library holdings (Family history center).

FHL film numbers

  • 973308
  • 973309
  • 973310
  • 973311
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  • 973314
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About the Author

George Edward Cokayne was born on 29 April 1825. He was the son of William Adams and Hon. Mary Anne Cokayne.1 He married Mary Dorothea Gibbs, daughter of George Henry Gibbs and Caroline Crawley, on 2 December 1856.2 He died on 6 August 1911 at age 86.

George Edward Cokayne was baptised with the name of George Edward Adams.1 He graduated with a Master of Arts (M.A.).2 He was a barrister.2 He held the office of Clarenceux King of Arms.2 On 15 August 1873 his name was legally changed to George Edward Cokayne by Royal lience.1,2 He was invested as a Fellow, Society of Antiquaries (F.S.A.).2 He wrote the book The Complete Peerage, 1st edition, published between 1887 and 1898.1 He has an extensive biographical entry in the Dictionary of National Biography.

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