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The Complete Peerage

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The Complete Peerage
The Complete Peerage.jpg
AuthorG. E. Cokayne et al.
CountryUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
(From 1927, United Kingdom and Irish Free State)
929.7/2 19
LC ClassCS421 .C7 1982

The Complete Peerage (full title: The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom Extant, Extinct, or Dormant; first edition by George Edward Cokayne, Clarenceux King of Arms; 2nd edition revised by the Hon. Vicary Gibbs et al.) is a comprehensive and magisterial work on the titled aristocracy of the British Isles.


The Complete Peerage was first published in eight volumes between 1887 and 1898 by George Edward Cokayne (G. E. C.).

This version was effectively replaced by a new and enlarged edition between 1910 and 1959 edited successively by Vicary Gibbs (Cokayne's nephew), H. A. Doubleday, Duncan Warrand, Lord Howard de Walden, Geoffrey H. White and R. S. Lea. The revised edition (published by the St Catherine Press Limited), took the form of twelve volumes with volume twelve being issued in two parts.[1] Volume thirteen was issued in 1940, not as part of the alphabetical sequence, but as a supplement covering creations and promotions within the peerage between 1900 and 1938. The leading researcher on the project was Ethel Stokes and the five volumes from 1929 to 1949 acknowledge her major contribution.[2]

The work has subsequently been reprinted in a number of formats, most notably by Alan Sutton Publishers who reduced it in size to six volumes in a photographically reduced format (this contains four page images on each smaller page).

It was available on CD. A further reprint in six volumes appeared in 2000, together with Volume 14, which is an appendix, correcting the original publication (1910–1938) and briefly updating it to 1995.


1st edition

Volume Pub
Additional material
I. A to Bo 1887 Page ix - Irish Peerage, &c. before the Sixteenth Century
II. Bra to C 1889
III. D to F 1890
IV. G to K 1892 Page i - Papal dispensations referring to Scotland
V. L to M 1893
VI. N to R 1895
VII. S to T 1896
VIII. U to Z, appendix, corrigenda, occurrences after 1 January 1898, and general index to notes, &c. 1898

All volumes edited by George Cokayne.

2nd edition

Volume Pub
Editors[4] Additional material
I. Ab-Adam to Basing 1910 Hon. Vicary Gibbs Appendix A - page 457 - Some observations on early Irish Baronies
Appendix B - page 465 - The dukedom of Châtellerault
Appendix C - page 469 - Precedency of peers in Parliament by Royal prerogative
Appendix D - page 472 - Precedency anomalously allowed
Appendix E - page 475 - Scottish peerages forfeited after the Risings of 1715 and 1745, and subsequent restorations
Appendix F - page 480 - Jacobite Peerages
Appendix G - page 490 - Eldest sons of peers summonsed to Parliament v.p. in one of their fathers' peerages
Appendix H - page 496 - Amusements of men of fashion in 1782
Appendix I - page 499 - Politics of Peers
Appendix J - page 503 - Grant of the Comté of Aumale to Richard, Earl of Warwick
II. Bass to Canning 1912 Hon. Vicary Gibbs Appendix A - page 525 - The Loyalists Bloody Roll
Appendix B - page 527 - The Order Of The Garter
Appendix C - page 597 - The Battle Of Boroughbridge
Appendix D - page 603 - The Great Offices Of State
Appendix E - page 649 - Officers Of The College Of Arms
Appendix F - page 651 - Coronation Peerages
Appendix G - page 656 - Lord Lieutenants Dismissed By James II
Appendix H - page 658 - Principal Persons In Arms For The Prince Of Orange
III. Canonteign to Cutts 1913 Hon. Vicary Gibbs with the assistance of H. A. Doubleday[5]
IV. Dacre to Dysart 1916 Hon. Vicary Gibbs with the assistance of H. A. Doubleday[5]
V. Eardley of Spalding to Goojerat 1921/6 Hon. Vicary Gibbs with the assistance of H. A. Doubleday[5]
VI. Gordon to Hustpierpoint 1926 H. A. Doubleday,[5] Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden
VII. Husee to Lincolnshire 1929 H. A. Doubleday and Lord Howard de Walden
VIII. Lindley to Moate 1932 H. A. Doubleday and Lord Howard de Walden
IX. Moels to Nuneham 1936 H. A. Doubleday and Lord Howard de Walden
X. Oakham to Richmond 1945 H. A. Doubleday and Lord Howard de Walden
XI Rickerton to Sisonby 1949 G. H. White
XII (part 1) Skelmersdale to Towton 1953 G. H. White
XII (part 2) Tracton to Zouche 1959 G. H. White
XIII. Peers created 1901 to 1938 1940 H. A. Doubleday[5] and Lord Howard de Walden
XIV. Addenda & corrigenda 1998 Peter W. Hammond

Volumes 1–5 have the title Complete peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, extant, extinct or dormant, and volumes 6–13: The complete peerage; or, A history of the House of lords and all its members from the earliest times.[4]


  1. ^ Powicke, F. M. (1960). "Reviews of Books: The Complete Peerage". English Historical Review. 75 (297): 673–677. doi:10.1093/ehr/LXXV.297.673. JSTOR 558117.
  2. ^ Barber, Brian (2014). "Stokes, Ethel (1870–1944)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/106742. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  3. ^ "Complete peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, extant, extinct or dormant". Brigham Young University. Archived from the original on 12 December 2012. Retrieved 27 December 2011.
  4. ^ a b The complete peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, extant, extinct or dormant. OL 14704031M.
  5. ^ a b c d e Maclagan, Michael; Hammond, P. W. (revised) (2008) [2004]. "Doubleday, Herbert Arthur (1867–1941)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/32865. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)

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