Luke Owen Pike

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Luke Owen Pike (12 August 1835 – 5 November 1915) was an English barrister-at-law, writer and historical researcher at the United Kingdom's Public Record Office.

Pike was born 12 August 1835 the older son Luke Pike of St. George's, Hanover Square. He attended Brasenose College, Oxford, matriculating 9 December 1853, aged 18, whereupon he continued his education awarded a Bachelor of Arts in 1857, and a Master of Arts in 1861.[1][2] On leaving Oxford he entered the Public Record Office where he was employed as a researcher. He was a student of Lincoln's Inn 24 March 1856 (then aged 20) and was called to the Bar on 26 January 1864.[1] In July 1882 he was appointed legal inspecting officer (under the Public Record Office Act 1877) since July, 1882 with the role under the Act relating to the removal of valueless documents.[3]

At the time of his death 5 November 1915,[4] The Times referred to Pike as a distinguished researcher in official records and other ancient documents. From 1883 until a few years before his death he was engaged in editing and translating the Rolls Series of the year books of the reign of Edward III. This task was completed in 1911. In 1890 Mr. Pike became of the inspectors under the Acts.

He married Rosa Horatia Micholls (1851–1899) in Paddington in 1891.[5][6] They had no children.

Pike was a frequent contributor to the Law Quarterly Review, and he also wrote "A History of Crime in England",[3] when this work was published the Saturday Review (xxxvii. 52.) stated "It is the book of a clever, hard-working man, with a great fund of self-confidence, a profound contempt for previous inquirers, and a resolute determination to begin at the beginning of things and to do all his work for himself."[7]



  1. ^ a b Foster, Joseph (1885). "Pike, Luke Owen". Alumni Oxonienses: the Members of the University of Oxford, 1715-1886. London: Joseph Foster. p. 366. 
  2. ^ Foster, Joseph (1885). "Pike, Luke Owen". Men-at-the-Bar (2nd ed.). London: Joseph Foster. p. 366. 
  3. ^ a b "A Loss to Historical Research". The Times (London: The Times). 1915-11-10. p. 5. 
  4. ^ Principal Probate Registry (1916), Calendar of the Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration made in the Probate Registries of the High Court of Justice in England, London: Principal Probate Registry, p. 472, PIKE Luke Owen of 10 Chester-terrace Regents Park Middlesex died 5 November 1915 Probate London 25 January to Reginald Beddington barrister-at-law and Winifred Grace Beddington and Kathleen Horatia Beddington spinsters. Effect £40954 17s. 1d. Resworn £41599 14s. 11d. 
  5. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 28 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 28 December 2011. 
  7. ^ John Foster Kirk, ed. (1891). Allibone's Critical Dictionary of English Literature: A Supplement. British and American authors. 2. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott. p. 1226. 

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