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
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AuthorG. E. Cokayne et al.
CountryUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
(From 1927, United Kingdom and Irish Free State)
PublisherGeorge Bell & Sons
929.7/2 19
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. The leading researcher on the project was Ethel Stokes and the five volumes from 1929 to 1949 acknowledge her major contribution.[2]

The work 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 was available on CD. A further reprint in six volumes appeared in 2000, together with Volume 14, which is an appendix, correcting the original publication (1910–1938) and briefly updating it to 1995.


1st editionEdit

Volume Pub
Additional material
I. A to Bo 1887 Page ix - Irish Peerage, &c. before the Sixteenth Century
II. Bra to C 1889
III. D to F 1890
IV. G to K 1892 Page i - Papal dispensations referring to Scotland
V. L to M 1893
VI. N to R 1895
VII. S to T 1896
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 editionEdit

Volume Pub
Editors[4] Additional material
I. Ab-Adam to Basing 1910 Hon. Vicary Gibbs Appendix A - page 457 - Some observations on early Irish Baronies
Appendix B - page 465 - The dukedom of Châtellerault
Appendix C - page 469 - Precedency of peers in Parliament by Royal prerogative
Appendix D - page 472 - Precedency anomalously allowed
Appendix E - page 475 - Scottish peerages forfeited after the Risings of 1715 and 1745, and subsequent restorations
Appendix F - page 480 - Jacobite Peerages
Appendix G - page 490 - Eldest sons of peers summoned to Parliament v.p. in one of their father's peerages
Appendix H - page 496 - Amusements of men of fashion in 1782
Appendix I - page 499 - Politics of Peers
Appendix J - page 503 - Grant of the Comté of Aumale to Richard, Earl of Warwick
II. Bass to Canning 1912 Hon. Vicary Gibbs Appendix A - page 525 - The Loyalists Bloody Roll
Appendix B - page 527 - The Order Of The Garter
Appendix C - page 597 - The Battle Of Boroughbridge
Appendix D - page 603 - The Great Offices Of State
Appendix E - page 649 - Officers Of The College Of Arms
Appendix F - page 651 - Coronation Peerages
Appendix G - page 656 - Lord Lieutenants Dismissed By James II
Appendix H - page 658 - Principal Persons In Arms For The Prince Of Orange
III. Canonteign to Cutts 1913 Hon. Vicary Gibbs with the assistance of H. A. Doubleday[5] Appendix A - page 589 - Surrender of peerages in England
Appendix B - page 592 - A list of peers and heirs apparent of peers who served in the South African War of 1899–1902
Appendix C - page 597 - Some observations on medieval names
Appendix D - page 631 - Peers present in and absent from James II's Irish parliament of 7 May 1689
Appendix E - page 635 - Peerage titles chosen to commemorate foreign achievements
Appendix F - page 637 - Special remainders granted to commoners
Appendix G - page 639 - Peers and peeresses converted to the Roman Catholic faith since 1850
Appendix H - page 642 - Profuse creations and promotions in the Irish peerage
Appendix I - page 648 - Peers who voted against the third reading of the Reform Bill
IV. Dacre to Dysart 1916 Hon. Vicary Gibbs with the assistance of H. A. Doubleday[5] Appendix A - page 571 - Peers (present or future) included in "Fox's Martyrs" at the election of 1784
Appendix B - page 573 - Peers who were commanders or captains in the Commonwealth armies
Appendix C - page 575 - The greatest estates in Ireland in 1799
Appendix D - page 576 - Earldoms created by Stephen and the Empress Maud
Appendix E - page 580 - Courtesy titles
Appendix F - page 583 - Peers who have been Presidents of the Union Societies at Oxford and Cambridge
Appendix G - page 585 - The Protectorate House of Lords, commonly known as Cromwell's "Other House," 1657–1659
Appendix H - page 651 - Earldoms and baronies in history and in law, and the doctrine of abeyance
Appendix I - page 761 - Peverel of Nottingham
Appendix J - page 772 - The entail of the Desmond lands in 1342/3
V. Eardley of Spalding to Goojerat 1921/6 Hon. Vicary Gibbs with the assistance of H. A. Doubleday[5] Appendix A - page 753 - Persons who are said to have been summoned to Parliament in right of their wives
Appendix B - page 776 - Consolation peerages conferred on members and candidates defeated at the polls 1833–1900
Appendix C - page 780 - Peers who were directors of companies in 1896 and 1920
Appendix D - page 784 - The Battle of Flodden
Appendix E - page 785 - Peerages created by Charles II while in exile
Appendix F - page 787 - Peerage titles assumed by peers
Appendix G - page 792 - Titles conferred on children or male issue of the sovereigns of England
Appendix H - page 798 - The title of Marquess
Appendix I - page 800 - A note on the Fitzwarin peerage case
Appendix J - page 802 - The petition of Reynold West, Lord la Warre
VI. Gordon to Hurstpierpoint 1926 H. A. Doubleday,[5] Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden Appendix A - page 689 - The use of the particle "de" in titles
Appendix B - page 694 - The Field of Cloth of Gold
Appendix C - page 697 - Claims to the baronies of Grey (of Powis) and Cherleton
Appendix D - page 702 - The barony of Hastings of Hungerford
Appendix E - page 704 - Some examination of the grounds for the decision of the Lords in the case of the earldom of Norfolk
Appendix F - page 706 - Bastards of Charles II
Appendix G - page 709 - Dates of English parliaments before 1500 in writs to which baronies by writ now existing have their origin
Appendix B - page 713 - Peers holding above 100,000 acres in 1883
VII. Husee to Lincolnshire 1929 H. A. Doubleday and Lord Howard de Walden Appendix A - page 703 - Baronies created by patent or charter before the sixteenth century
Appendix B - page 704 - The Lordship of the Isle of Wight
Appendix C - page 705 - The Barony of Berkeley
Appendix D - page 708 - The ancestors of Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester
Appendix E & F - page 718 - Limitations to "heirs male"
Appendix G - page 734 - Peerage titles of a higher grade held without a barony
Appendix H - page 735 - Claims to the barony of Delvin
Appendix I - page 737 - Waleran, Count of Meulan, and his successors
Appendix J - page 743 - The Countess Lucy
Appendix K - page 747 - Attempted French invasion of Scotland, 1708
VIII. Lindley to Moate 1932 H. A. Doubleday and Lord Howard de Walden Appendix A - page 721 - The ducal title in the British Isles
Appendix B - page 749 - A note on the representation of the family of Keith
Appendix C - page 751 - Life peerages
Appendix D - page 754 - Margaret Fleming
Appendix E - page 757 - Surnames of foreign dynasties
Appendix F - page 759 - Peers and sons of peers who served in the Great War, 1914–18
Appendix G - page 827 - Some observations on the two earldoms of Mar
IX. Moels to Nuneham 1936 H. A. Doubleday and Lord Howard de Walden [Appendices are on separately numbered pages in Volumes IX to XII]
Appendix A - page 3 - A note on the relationship between the families of Mortimer and Warenne
Appendix B - page 8 - English baronies created by Henry III
Appendix C - page 23 - Cardinal Beton's secret bond
Appendix D - page 25 - The ancestry of Sir Edward Montagu of Boughton, Chief Justice of the King's Bench 1539
Appendix E - page 30 - Observations on the baronies of Montagu and Monthermer
Appendix F - page 44 - A note on the creation of the barony of Monteagle
Appendix G - page 45 - Some observations on the Mowbray and Segrave case of 1877
Appendix H - page 58 - The Lords Morley and the Marshalcy of Ireland
Appendix I - page 61 - The Montmorency pedigree and the family of Morres
Appendix J - page 75 - The Mar case
X. Oakham to Richmond 1945 H. A. Doubleday and Lord Howard de Walden Appendix A - page 3 - Norse predecessors of the Earls of Orkney
Appendix B - page 32 - The Earldom of Carrick
Appendix C - page 35 - Creation-charters of Irish Earldoms
Appendix D - page 40 - The Earldom of Ormond
Appendix E - page 45 - The restoration of the Earldom of Oxford in 1393
Appendix F - page 47 - The office of Lord Great Chamberlain of England
Appendix G - page 91 - The rise of the Marshal
Appendix H - page 100 - The families of the first and second Earls of Pembroke
Appendix I - page 105 - Creation and investitutre
Appendix J - page 110 - The early Veres
Appendix K - page 121 - Remainders in the creation-charters of 14th-century Earldoms
Appendix L - page 127 - The succession to the Earldom of Pembroke
Appendix M - page 130 - Secret service payments to the Duchess of Portsmouth
Appendix N - page 132 - The Flodden augmentation
XI Rickerton to Sisonby 1949 G. H. White Appendix A - page 2 - The Irish peerage before 1500
Appendix B - page 7 - The Battle of Bannock Burn
Appendix C - page 39 - Heralds of the nobility
Appendix D - page 105 - Henry I's illegitimate children
Appendix E - page 122 - Marshals under the Conqueror
Appendix F - page 126 - The Earldoms of Wiltshire and Salisbury
Appendix G - page 133 - The Plantagent enamel at Le Mans
Appendix H - page 143 - Soi-disant Scottish peers: Ruthven and Rutherford
Appendix I - page 148 - The Baronies of Saye and Sele
Appendix J - page 152 - The descent of Scales
Appendix K - page 155 - The date of the creation of the Earldom of Shrewsbury
XII (part 1) Skelmersdale to Towton 1953 G. H. White Appendix A - page 2 - Baronies by writ
Appendix B - page 4 - "Tête-à-tête portraits" in The Town and Country Magazine
Appendix C - page 5 - Peers who married actresses, singers or dancers
Appendix D - page 6 - Slane peerage case, 1830–35 "The case of George Bryan, Esq."
Appendix E - page 8 - The descent of the Barony of Spynie
Appendix F - page 11 - Nicholas de Stafford and Nicholas the Sheriff
Appendix G - page 14 - The soi-disant Earls of Stirling
Appendix H - page 18 - The succession to the Barony of Strange (of Blackmere)
Appendix I - page 21 - The sons of John (de la Pole), 2nd Duke of Suffolk, by Elizabeth (of York), sister of Edward IV and Richard III
Appendix J - page 26 - The Warenne group of checkered shields
Appendix K - page 30 - The Conqueror's brothers and sisters
Appendix L - page 35 - The Battle of Hastings and the death of Harold
XII (part 2) Tracton to Zouche 1959 G. H. White Appendix A - page 2 - The Norman Earls of Warwick
Appendix B - page 7 - The origin of Eustace FitzJohn
Appendix C - page 12 - The soi-disant Earls of Tyrone
Appendix D - page 14 - The creation of the Barony of Wharton in 1544
Appendix E - page 18 - The soi-disant Earls of Wigtown
Appendix F - page 20 - Peers and sons of peers who have won the Victoria Cross
Appendix G - page 25 - Portraits at Gorhambury
Appendix H - page 26 - The alleged attainder of the Duke of Berwick-upon-Tweed
Appendix I - page 29 - The early heraldry of de Quency
Appendix J - page 32 - The Princes in the Tower
Appendix K - page 40 - Problems of the Bayeux Tapestry
Appendix L - page 45 - Claims to the alleged Barony of Wahull
XIII. Peers created 1901 to 1938 1940 H. A. Doubleday[5] and Lord Howard de Walden Appendix A - page 609 - The ancestry of Viscount Nuffield
Appendix B - page 613 - Lord Nuffield's gifts of £25,000 and upwards
XIV. Addenda & corrigenda 1998 Peter 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.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Powicke, F. M. (1960). "Reviews of Books: The Complete Peerage". English Historical Review. 75 (297): 673–677. doi:10.1093/ehr/LXXV.297.673. JSTOR 558117.
  2. ^ Barber, Brian (2014). "Stokes, Ethel (1870–1944)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/106742. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  3. ^ "Complete peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, extant, extinct or dormant". Brigham Young University. Archived from the original on 12 December 2012. Retrieved 27 December 2011.
  4. ^ a b The complete peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, extant, extinct or dormant. OL 14704031M.
  5. ^ a b c d e Maclagan, Michael; Hammond, P. W. (revised) (2008) [2004]. "Doubleday, Herbert Arthur (1867–1941)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/32865. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)

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