George Cokayne at work in 1900.
George Edward Cokayne FSA (born George Edward Adams; 29 April 1825 – 6 August 1911) was an English genealogist. Cokayne wrote The Complete Peerage and The Complete Baronetage and was a long-serving officer of arms at the College of Arms in London.
Cokayne, son of William Adams (and his wife born the Hon Mary Anne Cokayne), was baptised George Edward Adams. On 2 December 1856, he married Mary Dorothea Gibbs, daughter of George Henry and Caroline (née Crawley) Gibbs. Cokayne studied law at university and was a barrister with a Master of Arts degree. He began his heraldic career with an appointment to the post of Rouge Dragon Pursuivant of Arms in Ordinary in 1859.
College of Arms 
He held this position until his promotion to the office of Lancaster Herald of Arms in Ordinary in 1870. On 15 August 1873 his surname was changed by Royal Licence to George Edward Cokayne.
In 1882, he was promoted again, to the office of Norroy King of Arms. This office he held until his appointment to the position of Clarenceux King of Arms in 1894, which he held until his death in 1911, aged 86.
His son, Sir Brien Cokayne, Governor of the Bank of England from 1918 to 1920, was raised to the peerage in 1920 as Baron Cullen of Ashbourne.
The Complete Peerage 
Cokayne authored The Complete Peerage, the first edition of which was published between 1887 and 1898.
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