Sir Bernard Burke as Ulster King of Arms in 1867
|Born||John Bernard Burke
5 January 1814
|Died||12 December 1892
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. 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.
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 Armoury of England, Scotland and Ireland was published in 1848.
Burke's own works include:
- The Roll of Battle Abbey (1848)
- The Romance of the Aristocracy (1855)
- The Romance of the Forum (185-)
- Vicissitudes of Families (1883 and several earlier editions)
- The Rise of Great Families (1882)
- A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Colonial Gentry. Vols 1 & 2 (1891)
- Chisholm 1911.
- 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.
Sir William Betham
|Ulster King of Arms
1853 – 1892
Sir Arthur Vicars