Since its inception in , Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage has been rightly regarded as the definitive reference book on the British aristocracy, and has become an institution in its own right. Burke's is to many people the most prestigious name in genealogical and family history publishing, a prestige which rests on exhaustive research and the clear, accurate and concise presentation of detailed information. Two years in the making, this th edition is likely to be the last, to be replaced with electronic versions and printed updates only. It is fitting then that this edition has been expanded to include Knights, Scottish and Irish chiefs, and Scottish Feudal barons, and includes the details of , living people. Entrants include figures linked to historic families, the military, politics, the arts, industry, education and much more.

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Burke's Peerage Limited is a British genealogical publisher founded in , when Irish genealogist John Burke began releasing books devoted to the ancestry and heraldry of the peerage , baronetage , knightage and landed gentry of the United Kingdom. His first publication, a Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage of the United Kingdom , was updated sporadically until , when the company began releasing new editions every year as Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage often shortened to just Burke's Peerage.

In addition to the peerage, Burke's published books on royal families of Europe and Latin America , ruling families of Africa and the Middle East , distinguished families of the United States and historical families of Ireland.

The firm was established in by John Burke — , progenitor of a dynasty of genealogists and heralds. After his death, ownership passed through a variety of people. As a rule, it is not only false, but impossible … not merely fictions, but exactly that kind of fiction which is, in its beginning, deliberate and interested falsehood.

It is the one book a young man about town should know thoroughly, and it is the best thing in fiction the English have ever done! More recent editions have been more scrupulously checked and rewritten for accuracy, notably under the chief editorship, from , of L.

Pine - who was very sceptical regarding many families' claims to antiquity: 'If everybody who claims to have come over with the Conqueror were right, William must have landed with , men-at-arms instead of about 12,' - [3] and Hugh Massingberd From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. British genealogical publisher. For other uses, see Burke.

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This series of family histories, republished nearly every year from to , rapidly became an institution. Worse, he bequeathed a substantial amount of flawed data to his successors. He had few editorial scruples, and many fanciful medieval anecdotes were presented as fact. Its name was bought by a partnership that licensed it for use by other enterprises. However, the rights to the book itself were acquired by publishers who were determined to follow the example of the postwar editors in eliminating errors. Although still not perfect an impossible ambition in this field , it is undoubtedly the best edition to date, indispensible to genealogists and public libraries.


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A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe. Chilmark, Salisbury, U. Stroud, Gloucestershire, U. Queen Victoria's Descendants. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. Reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.

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