The Complete Peerage

The Complete Peerage (full title: The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom Extant, Extinct, or Dormant; first edition by George Edward Cokayne, Clarenceux King of Arms; 2nd edition revised by the Hon. Vicary Gibbs et al.) is a comprehensive and magisterial work on the titled aristocracy of the British Isles.

The Complete Peerage
AuthorG. E. Cokayne et al.
CountryUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
(From 1927, United Kingdom and Irish Free State)
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LC ClassCS421 .C7 1982

The Complete Peerage was first published in eight volumes between 1887 and 1898 by George Edward Cokayne (G. E. C.). This version was effectively replaced by a new and enlarged edition between 1910 and 1959 edited successively by Vicary Gibbs (Cokayne's nephew), H. A. Doubleday, Duncan Warrand, Lord Howard de Walden, Geoffrey H. White and R. S. Lea. The revised edition (published by the St. Catherine Press Limited), took the form of twelve volumes with volume twelve being issued in two parts.[1] Volume thirteen was issued in 1940, not as part of the alphabetical sequence, but as a supplement covering creations and promotions within the peerage between 1900 and 1938.

It has subsequently been reprinted in a number of formats, most notably by Alan Sutton Publishers who reduced it in size to six volumes in a photographically reduced format (this contains four page images on each smaller page). It is also available on CD. A further reprint in six volumes appeared in 2000, together with Volume 14, which is an appendix, updating briefly from original publication (1910–1938) to 1995.


1st edition

I. A to Bo1887
II. Bra to C1889
III. D to F1890
IV. G to K1892
V. L to M1893
VI. N to R1895
VII. S to T1896
VIII. U to Z, appendix, corrigenda, occurrences after 1 January 1898, and general index to notes, &c.1898

All volumes edited by George Cokayne.

2nd edition

I. Ab-Adam to Basing1910Hon. Vicary Gibbs
II. Bass to Canning1912Hon. Vicary Gibbs
III. Canonteign to Cutts1913Hon. Vicary Gibbs with the assistance of H. A. Doubleday
IV. Dacre to Dysart1916Hon. Vicary Gibbs with the assistance of H. A. Doubleday
V. Eardley of Spalding to Goojerat1921/6Hon. Vicary Gibbs with the assistance of H. A. Doubleday
VI. Gordon to Hustpierpoint1926H. A. Doubleday, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden
VII. Husee to Lincolnshire1929H. A. Doubleday and Lord Howard de Walden
VIII. Lindley to Moate1932H. A. Doubleday and Lord Howard de Walden
IX. Moels to Nuneham1936H. A. Doubleday and Lord Howard de Walden
X. Oakham to Richmond1945H. A. Doubleday and Lord Howard de Walden
XI Rickerton to Sisonby1949G. H. White
XII (part 1) Skelmersdale to Towton1953G. H. White
XII (part 2) Tracton to Zouche1959G. H. White
XIII. Peers created 1901 to 19381940H. A. Doubleday and Lord Howard de Walden
XIV. Addenda & corrigenda1998Peter W. Hammond

Volumes 1–5 have the title Complete peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, extant, extinct or dormant, and volumes 6–13: The complete peerage; or, A history of the House of lords and all its members from the earliest times.[3]


1st edition

2nd edition


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