Measuring in at a lithe 1185 pages, Sir John Bernard Burke’s, The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales: Comprising a Registry of Armorial Bearings from the Earliest to the Present Time provides the starting point for many a genealogist’s exploration into family heraldry from the British Isles.
The main body of the work lists armigerous persons in alphabetical order, with the family’s name, the place and date when the patent of arms was recorded, and a description (blazon) of the coat of arms awarded.
The book was compiled under the direction of Sir John Bernard Burke (1814-1892), who served the Crown as the Ulster King of Arms from 1853 and the Keeper of the State Papers in Ireland from 1855. In all Burke published more than 40 volumes on heraldry and the genealogy of the great families of the United Kingdom.
The Burke’s name lives on in the business of heraldry as the name sake for Burke’s Peerage and Gentry.
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Originally posted 2011-10-09 18:16:37.