Originally published in 1887-1898 in 8 volumes (3688 pages) by George Cokayne, this magnificent work has now been re-released as a facsimile on CD-ROM.
This monumental, multi-volume study of the peerage of England, Ireland, and
Scotland provides extensive biographical, genealogical, and political
information on literally thousands of families and the titles which they held.
It attempts to trace, title by title, family by family, the history of those
who held the titles of baron, viscount, earl, marquis, and duke in all three
kingdoms that constituted Great Britain in the 19th century. The Irish peerage
remained separate, as did the Scottish and English peerages prior to union in
1707. After that date, creations were made in the peerage of Great Britain, with
further additions to the peerage of Scotland prohibited by the terms of the Act
Cokayne thus combined some four distinct peerages into one history and
thereby provides a massive body of material on families from throughout the
British Isles. Extensive footnotes, as well as detailed genealogical charts,
amplify the history of these families which were, for a time at least, among the
greatest in the realm. This is one of the essential research tools for anyone
working in the genealogy and history of the British Isles.
Wikipedia mentions that "Cokayne is generally considered superior to both 'Debrett's
Peerage' and 'Burke's Peerage', especially in the field of genealogy".
High quality scanned images of the whole of the original book. This CD has
been bookmarked for easy navigation, and pages can be browsed, enlarged and
printed out if required. Please note: these CDs are NOT searchable.
Please read carefully: If this CD is for use in a Society, Group or Public Library you will
need a library licence, this price is two times the full retail price. You will then be issued with a
library certificate for the product - please note the licence allows for the CD to be used in situ at the
library or society reading room. The publisher's terms do not allow users to publish their products or
extracts on the internet. Also terms also exclude using these products to provide a lookup service, or
selling disks of sets individually.