L. G. Pine

Leslie Gilbert Pine (22 December 1907 – 15 May 1987) was a British author, lecturer, and researcher in the areas of genealogy, nobility, history, heraldry and animal welfare. He was born in 1907 in Bristol, England and died in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk in 1987. He was the son of Lilian Grace Beswetherick and Henry Moorshead Pine (a tea merchant).

From 1935 to 1940 he served as an assistant editor at Burke's Peerage Ltd. During World War II he was an officer in the Royal Air Force intelligence branch, serving in North Africa, Italy, Greece, and India; he retired with the rank of Squadron Leader. After the war and until 1960, he was Burke's executive director. Pine edited Burke's Peerage, 1949-1959; Burke's Landed Gentry (of Great Britain), 1952; Burke's Landed Gentry (of Ireland), 1958; and, Burke's Distinguished Families of America, 1939, 1947. He also edited The International Year Book and Statesmen's Who's Who, 1953-1960; Author's and Writer's Who's Who, 1948, 1960; Who's Who in Music, 1949; and, Who's Who in the Free Churches, 1951.

A graduate of London University, he became a Barrister-at-Law, Inner Temple, in 1953. Pine was a member of the International Institute of Genealogy and Heraldry, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, a Fellow of the Ancient Monuments Society, a Life Fellow of the Institute of Journalists, a Freeman of the City of London, and a Liveryman of the Glaziers' Company. In 1959 he was the unsuccessful Conservative candidate for Bristol Central.

He was managing editor of a British hunting magazine, Shooting Times, from 1960 to 1964. He later authored an important book highly critical of sport hunting, After Their Blood, in which he wrote: "It is our duty as men and women of God’s redeemed creation to try not to increase the suffering of the world, but to lessen it. To get rid of bloodsports will be a great step toward this end."

In 1948 Leslie Pine married Grace V. Griffin (20 August 1914- ). Their only child, Richard Pine, was born in London on 21 August 1949.


His books include:

  • Trace Your Ancestors, Evans (1953)
  • They Came With The Conqueror: A Study Of The Modern Descendants Of The Normans (1954)
  • Tales of the British aristocracy (1956)
  • Heraldry and Genealogy: Teach Yourself (1957)
  • The Twilight Of Monarchy (1958)
  • Orders of Chivalry and Decorations of Honour of the World (1960)
  • Ramshackledom, A Critical Appraisal of the Establishment (1962)
  • Heraldry, Ancestry And Titles: Questions And Answers (1965)
  • The Story of Surnames (1965)
  • The Story of Heraldry (1952, revised 1966)
  • After Their Blood : a Survey of Blood Sports in Britain (1966)
  • Tradition and Custom in Modern Britain (1967)
  • Genealogist's Encyclopedia (1969)
  • Story of Titles (1969)
  • Princes of Wales (1970)
  • International Heraldry (1970)
  • Heraldry and Genealogy (1970)
  • The Highland Clans (1972)
  • The History of Hunting (1973)
  • Sons of the Conqueror: Descendant of the Norman Dynasty (1973)
  • The New Extinct Peerage, 1884-1971: Containing Extinct, Abeyant, Dormant & Suspended Peerages with Genealogies and Arms (1973)
  • The Middle Sea: A Short History of the Mediterranean (1973)
  • American Origins (1980)
  • A Dictionary of Mottoes (1983)
  • A Dictionary of Nicknames (1984)
  • Titles (1992)

Pine is also the primary contributor to the article "genealogy" in Encyclopædia Britannica.


  1. ^ England & Wales, Death Index: 1984-2004 Record, Volume 10, Page 2278, from Ancestry.com
  2. ^ The Times, Deaths, 1982-1988 Record, from Ancestry.com
  3. ^ Contemporary Authors. A bio-bibliographical guide to current writers in fiction, general nonfiction, poetry, journalism, drama, motion pictures, television, and other fields. Volume 122. Detroit: Gale Research, 1988.
  4. ^ The Times, 21 May 1987
  5. ^ L.G. Pine, The Story of Heraldry (Rutland, Vt: Chas. E. Tuttle, 1966).
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