A general and heraldic dictionary of the peerages of England, Ireland, and Scotland, extinct, dormant, and in abeyance. England

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H. Colburn & R. Bentley, 1831 - 631 pages
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This work is so inaccurate as to make its use for ancestry purposes a complete waste of time. The entry for the de Burgh family could win the Booker Prize for Fiction, I know because I've worked through it. Approach with extreme caution and double-check everything against reliable sources.

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This book is full of information as regards to the historical lineage of many English & Scottish families: de Brus, Hastings, Harrington.
Most entries are short and to the point. A good place to get started when searching for genealogical connections.

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