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Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage is an authoritative guide to the titled families of Great Britain and Ireland. Founded in 1826 by British genealogist John Burke, and continued by his son, Sir John Bernard Burke, Burke's Peerage is one of the most recognized names in genealogy. Revised editions were published annually between 1840 and 1917 and again editions thereafter. The 105th edition, published in 1970 under the editorship of Mr. Peter Townend, was the last authoritative edition for almost 30 years. Sir John Bernard Burke (January 5, 1814 - December 12, 1892) was a British officer of arms and genealogist. ...


Split in Ownership

Burke's Peerage and Gentry

The ownership of Burke's Peerage Ltd, the original publisher of Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, changed hands a number of times until the company fell into receivership in the 1970s. Ownership of the publication rights to Burke's Peerage passed through several hands in the succeeding years. The 1970 edition was reprinted in 1980 but without further revision. In 1989 the rights were acquired by Morris Genealogical Books, who brought out a thoroughly revised 106th edition in 1999.[1] In 2002 the rights to Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage were purchased by the company that owned the rights to Burke's Landed Gentry. The company was renamed Burke's Peerage and Gentry and a fully updated 107th edition was published in 2004 under the editorship of Charles Mosley.[2]

Burke's Peerage Partnership

Burke's Peerage Partnership was formed in the 1970s by a group of investors who were interested in the commercial potential of the Burke's name. The partnership owns the Burke's name and their lesser titles but never owned the publishing rights to Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage. From 1984 until his death in 2005, the publishing director of Burke's Peerage Partnership was Harold Brooks-Baker. The partnership has published a number of genealogical titles and conducts other genealogy-related business under the Burke's name. In the 1990s Burke's Peerage Partnership licensed the name to Halbert's Family Heritage, an American publisher that sold genealogical books under the name Burke's Peerage World Book of {surname}. The books claimed to be a comprehesive history of a given surname but consisted largely of computer-generated lists of names and addresses drawn from telephone records, and were marketed through direct mail.[a][b] Burke's Peerage Partnership currently offers services including genealogical research, custom designed heraldry, and assisting clients to acquire Scottish and French noble titles for fees ranging from £30,000 to £100,000.[c] Harold Brooks-Baker (16 November 1933-5 March 2005), was a journalist and editor, and self-proclaimed expert on genealogy. ... A family name, or surname, is that part of a persons name that indicates to what family he or she belongs. ... Heraldry is the science and art of designing, displaying, describing and recording coats of arms and badges, as well as the formal ceremonies and laws that regulate the use and inheritance of arms. ...

See also

The Almanach de Gotha was a directory of Europes nobility first published in 1763 at the ducal court of Friedrich III of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (which included the city of Gotha). ... Debrett’s history as a specialist publisher began in 1769, with the publication of the first edition of The New Peerage. ... The popularity of genealogy, encouraged by the increasing use of the Internet is encouraging a number of people to mass-market what authorities regard as scam genealogical books which are sometimes promoted by affiliated websites. ...


a Cook, Emma, "A peerage for berks?; When a famous ancestral directory offers you a handsome tome for the coffee table, you don't expect your name to be taken in vain.", The Independent (London), October 17, 1995, pp. 11.
b Gilchrist, Jim, "Distant echoes of long-lost and unsung forefathers pop through the letter box", The Scotsman, May 14, 1998, pp. 17.
c Bradley, Lara, "Title buyers warned in row over sale of peerages", The Sunday Independent (Ireland), July 25, 2004.
  • "Debrett's and Burke's", from Baronage magazine.

External links

  • Burke's Peerage and Gentry, publishers of Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage
  • Burke's Peerage Ltd.

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