The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, Comprising a Registry of Armorial Bearings from the Earliest to the Present Time
The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, Comprising a Registry of Armorial Bearings from the Earliest to the Present Time - Sir Bernard Burke, C.B., LL.D. Ulster King of Arms. Author of The Peerage and Baronetage; History of the Landed Gentry; Dormant And Extinct Peerage; Vicissitudes of Families; &c., &c. First published in 1842 and "most favourably received", it was vastly expanded and published anew in 1878; this reprint is from the 1878 publication. The contents are "founded on the Heralds' Visitations, the County Histories, and the heraldic writings of Dugdale, Camden, Guillim, Edmondson, Berry, Nicholas, and others..." and it is, the author asserts, "the most comprehensive Collection of Arms ever brought together, embracing, as it does, some 60,000 coats. ... The work comprises the Armorial Bearings of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of the British Empire, and the Coats that are to be seen in churches and family mansions, together with those traceable on Seals, Deeds, Wills, and Monumental remains." For more than 100 years this authoritative work has helped genealogists make the connection to their British ancestors. Not only does it provide a comprehensive explanation of all aspects of heraldry (including an illustrated glossary and dictionary of terms) in a lengthy introduction, but the General Armory, a listing alphabetically arranged by surname, often provides valuable pedigree information. The bulk of this large work is the General Armory, with over 1100 pages!, and entries may include information regarding family descent, titles, residence, occupation, description of arms, crest and motto. The appendices consist of a "supplement" that contains seven additional pages of alphabetical listings, and an alphabetical list of mottoes and the families that claim them. (1878), 2007, 6x9, paper, 3 vols., 1324 pp.