Bernard Burke

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Bernard Burke
Ulster Bernard Burke Image.jpg
Sir Bernard Burke as Ulster King of Arms in 1867
BornJohn Bernard Burke
(1814-01-05)5 January 1814
London
Died12 December 1892(1892-12-12) (aged 78)
Dublin
NationalityBritish
Known forGenealogist
TitleKnight
 
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Bernard Burke
Ulster Bernard Burke Image.jpg
Sir Bernard Burke as Ulster King of Arms in 1867
BornJohn Bernard Burke
(1814-01-05)5 January 1814
London
Died12 December 1892(1892-12-12) (aged 78)
Dublin
NationalityBritish
Known forGenealogist
TitleKnight

Sir John Bernard Burke, CB (5 January 1814 – 12 December 1892) was a British officer of arms and genealogist.

Personal life[edit]

He was born in London, and was educated in London and in France. His father, John Burke (1787–1848), was also a genealogist, and in 1826 issued a Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage of the United Kingdom. This work, generally known as Burke's Peerage, was issued annually starting in 1847. While practising as a barrister Bernard Burke assisted his father in his genealogical work, including the two volumes entitled The Royal Families of England, Scotland, and Wales, with their Descendants &c., which were not published until after his father's death (volume 1 in 1848, volume 2 in 1851), following which he took control of his publications. In 1853 Burke was appointed Ulster King of Arms. In 1854 he was knighted and in 1855 he became Keeper of the State Papers in Ireland.[1] After having devoted his life to genealogical studies he died in Dublin on 12 December 1892. He was succeeded as editor of Burke's Peerage and Landed Gentry by his fourth son, Ashworth Peter Burke.[1]

Continuing the strong family tradition of genealogy and heraldry, another of Burke's sons, Sir Henry Farnham Burke, would eventually rise to the office of Garter Principal King of Arms.[1]

Works[edit]

In addition to editing Burke's Peerage from 1847 to his death, Burke brought out several editions of a companion volume, Burke's Landed Gentry, which was first published between 1833 and 1838. In 1866 and 1883 he published editions of his father's Dictionary of the Peerages of England, Scotland and Ireland, extinct, dormant and in abeyance (earlier editions, 1831,1840, 1846); and in 1855 and 1876 editions of his Royal Families of England, Scotland and Wales (1st edition, 1847–1851) Integral to the study of armorists was the publication in 1878 (enlarged edition in 1883) of his Encyclopaedia of Heraldry, or General Armory of England, Scotland and Ireland was published in 1848.[1][2]

Burke's own works include:[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Chisholm 1911.
  2. ^ Sir Bernard Burke (1884). The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales; comprising a registry of armorial bearings from the earliest to the present time. London: Harrison. 
Attribution

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Burke, Sir John Bernard". Encyclopædia Britannica 4 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

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Heraldic offices
Preceded by
Sir William Betham
Ulster King of Arms
1853 – 1892
Succeeded by
Sir Arthur Vicars