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John Burke, 1787 - 1848
Irish genealogical and heraldic writer
He issued (1826) A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage of the United Kingdom. He published the guide irregularly until 1847, after which it became an annual, commonly called Burke's Peerage. It was edited from 1847 to 1892 by his son.

Sir John Bernard Burke, 1814 - 1892
The son of the above, he was knighted in 1854 and appointed (1855) keeper of the state papers in Ireland. As a companion to Burke's Peerage, he established the regular publication of another work begun by his father, commonly called Burke's Landed Gentry. His other works include The Romance of the Aristocracy (1855) and Vicissitudes of Families (1859-63).

Sir John Vanbrugh 1664 - 1726
The famous architect and playwright, was for many years Clarenceux King of Arms, though he is said to have known nothing of heraldry and genealogy and to have ridiculed both.

William Oldys 1696 - 1761
Norroy King of Arms, was a noted antiquary and bibliographer but wholly ignorant of heraldry and known for being 'rarely sober in the afternoon, never after supper', and 'much addicted to low company.

John Anstis 1669 - 1744
It was mainly at Anstis's instigation that the Order of the bath was instituted in 1725.
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William Camden 1551-1623
William Camden was born a Londoner on May 2, 1551 and died at age seventy-two on November 9, 1623. He was buried in Westminster Abbey. His father, Sampson Camden, was a painter and his mother, Elizabeth Curwin, came from a very old and prominent family named Cumberland. Camden started school at Christ's Hospital very young...
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Sir William Dugdale 1605 - 1686
William Dugdale, one of England¹s best known antiquaries, was born at Shustoke, in Warwickshire, on 12 September 1605, son of John Dugdale, a Lancashire gentleman of modest means who, having spent some years as a tutor at Oxford, married late in life and settled in Warwickshire. William, his only son, was first tutored by the...
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