Edward Peacock (antiquary)

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Edward Peacock (22 December 1831 in Hemsworth[1] – 31 March 1915[2]) was an English antiquarian and novelist.


Edward Peacock, the only son of the agriculturalist Edward S. Peacock (died 1861), of Bottesford Manor, near Brigg, Lincolnshire,[3][4] was educated by private tutors.[1] Influenced by John Henry Newman, he converted to Catholicism as a young man.[2] In 1853 he married Lucy Anne (died 1887), daughter of John S. Weatherall of New York, a Captain in the United States Navy,[4] his son, Max, and daughter, Mabel Peacock, also published works on the folklore of Lincolnshire.[5] He lived at Bottesford Manor and Kirton-in-Lindsey, and in 1869 was appointed Justice of the Peace for the Parts of Lindsey.[6]

Peacock was elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 1857, and was a corresponding member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society (1858) and the Société des antiquaires de Normandie (1871). In the 1880s he served on the Committee of the London Library.[4] A prolific contributor to James Murray's New English Dictionary,[4] he also wrote contributions to antiquarian journals and other periodicals: the Archaeologia and Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries, the Journal of the Royal Archaeological Institute, Notes and Queries, the Athenaeum and the Dublin Review.


(incomplete list)


  • (ed.)The army lists of the Roundheads and Cavaliers, 1863
  • English church furniture, ornaments and decorations, at the period of the Reformation : as exhibited in a List of the Goods destroyed in certain Lincolnshire churches, a.d. 1566, 1866
  • (ed.) A list of the Roman Catholics in the county of York in 1604. Transcribed from the original ms. in the Bodleian library, 1872
  • France, the empire, and civilization, 1873. (Published anonymously)
  • A glossary of words used in the wapentakes of Manley and Corringham, Lincolnshire, 1877
  • Index to English speaking students who have graduated at Leyden University, 1883
  • Index to engravings in the "Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries", 1885


  • Ralf Skirlaugh, the Lincolnshire Squire, 3 vols, 1870
  • Mabel Heron, 3 vols, 1872
  • John Markenfield, 3 vols, 1874
  • Narcissa Brendon, 2 vols, 1891


  1. ^ a b Men of the time, 1875
  2. ^ a b 'Obituary: Edward Peacock', Notes and Queries, Second series XI, 10 April 1915, 292
  3. ^ The Catholic who's who & yearbook, 1910
  4. ^ a b c d Lincolnshire at the opening of the 20th century, 1907
  5. ^ Obituary: Miss Mabel Peacock Folk-Lore vol. 31 4:338 (Dec. 1920)
  6. ^ Men and women of the time, 1899

Further reading[edit]

  • Binnall, P. B. G. (1962)"A List of the Principal Writings of Edward Peacock, F.S.A.', in: Lincolnshire Historian, 2:9 (1962), pp. 1–6

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