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George Edward Cokayne (29 April 1825 – 6 August 1911), FSA, was an English genealogist and long-serving officer of arms at the College of Arms in London, who rose to the office of Clarenceux King of Arms Herald. He wrote the authoritative and standard reference works The Complete Peerage and The Complete Baronetage.
Cokayne was born on 29 April 1825, with the surname Adams, being the son of William Adams by his wife the Hon. Mary Anne Cokayne, a daughter of Viscount Cullen. He was baptised "George Edward Adams". On 15 August 1873 he changed his surname by Royal Licence to Cokayne. (Such changes were frequently made to meet the terms of bequests from childless relatives, often in the maternal line, who wished to see their name and arms continue.)
College of Arms
He began his heraldic career at the College of Arms in London with an appointment in 1859 to the post of Rouge Dragon Pursuivant of Arms in Ordinary, and was promoted in 1870 to the office of Lancaster Herald of Arms in Ordinary. In 1882 he was promoted to Norroy King of Arms, which office he held until his appointment to Clarenceux King of Arms in 1894, which he held until his death in 1911.
The Complete Peerage
Marriage & progeny
On 2 December 1856 he married Mary Dorothea Gibbs, daughter of George Henry Gibbs by his wife Caroline Crawley. He had the following progeny:
- Sir Brien Cokayne who was Governor of the Bank of England from 1918 to 1920 and was raised to the peerage in 1920 as Baron Cullen of Ashbourne.
He died on 6 August 1911 aged 86.
- See for example Mark Rolle
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