Burke, Sir John Bernard, 1814-1892

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Burke, Sir John Bernard, 1814-1892

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1814-1892

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Sir John Bernard Burke (January 5, 1814 – December 12, 1892) was a British genealogist and Officer-at-Arms, who helped publish Burke's Peerage. His father, John Burke (1787–1848) was also a notable genealogist who first produced, in 1826, a Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage of the United Kingdom. This work, generally known as Burke's Peerage, was issued annually starting in 1847. While practising as a barrister Bernard Burke assisted his father in his genealogical work, including the two volumes entitled The Royal Families of England, Scotland, and Wales, with their Descendants &c., which were not published until after his father's death (volume 1 in 1848, volume 2 in 1851), following which he took control of his publications. In 1853 Burke was appointed Ulster King of Arms. In 1854 he was knighted and in 1855 he became Keeper of the State Papers in Ireland. After having devoted his life to genealogical studies he died in Dublin on December 12, 1892. He was succeeded as editor of Burke's Peerage and Landed Gentry by his fourth son, Ashworth Peter Burke.

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VIAF ID: 88082446 http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/4022 Accessed June 12, 2014.

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