A Genealogical History of the Dormant, Abeyant, Forfeited, and Extinct Peerages of the British Empire

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Harrison, 1866 - Baronetage - 636 pages

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This is one of the best genealogical resources I have found. I have been able to trace that branch of my family along with their titles and in some cases their history.

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A wonderful source book covering a vast number of years and delving into the history of the Nobility of England. It gives you all the important descendants of families continuing onward to hold titles, but does not touch the full family in many instances. You have the current, the next title holder and a sibling mentioned due to the fact that the sibling's progeny will succeed the title next. When he arrives at the terminal end of a title, and the title is held in abeyance between surviving female inheritors, you do get a fuller view of the family. Some generations are skipped entirely as they do not succeed the title
I found it very valuable in identifying where some titles came from, especially when my genealogical research did not identify a title with a family previously, as a nephew might inherit, and no other source identified positively that his mother was connected to the family.

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Page 243 - In this battle, on the king's part, there were more officers and gentlemen of quality slain, than common men ; and more hurt than slain. That which would have clouded any victory...
Page 143 - Whether did the King's pleasure lie among the men, or the women that acted '.." This was carried with great indignation to the court. It was said,
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Page 273 - My grandfather was noted to be a great enemy to the outlaws and thieves of his time, who robbed in great numbers in the mountains of Montgomeryshire, for the suppressing of whom he went often, both day and night, to the places where they were ; concerning which, though many particulars have been told me, I shall mention one only.
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Page 2 - It happened that the Queen of France, being then a widow, and a very beautiful woman, became much in love with a knight of that country, who was a comely person, and in the flower of his youth ; and because she thought that no man excelled him in...
Page 243 - ... taking any thing ill, or at least seeming to do so. In a word, a brighter courage, and a gentler disposition, were never married together to make the most cheerful and innocent...
Page 16 - ... with the aid of his four squires fought always in the chief of the battle. He was sore hurt in the body and in the visage : as long as his breath served him he fought. At last at the end of the battle his four squires took...
Page 274 - Cardiganshire, and had power, in a marshal law, to execute offenders ; in the using thereof he was so just, that he acquired to himself a singular reputation ; as may appear upon the records of that time, kept in the Paper-chamber at Whitehall, some touch whereof I have made in my History of Henry the Eighth : of him I can say little more, than that he likewise was a great suppressor of rebels, thieves, and outlaws...
Page 143 - This put the House of Commons in a furious uproar: they passed a bill of banishment against the actors of it; and put a clause in it, that it should not be in the king's power to pardon them ; and that it should be death to maim any person.

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