First published in 1902 and republished here is the 62nd edition of Dod's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage of Great Britain and Ireland. Published in London by Sampson Low, Marston & Company, this edition of Dod's Peerage & Baronetage contains nearly 1,100 printed pages and details 'All the Titled Classes' in Britain and Ireland for the year in which it was published and as such is an invaluable biographical companion.
Charles Roger Phipps Dod, the originator of Dod's Peerage & Baronetage was born at Drumlease, Co. Leitrim, in 1793, the son of Roger Dod the vicar of Drumlease by his second marriage to Margaret Phipps. Educated at Trinity College, Dublin, Dod entered King's Inns in Dublin in 1816 with the intention of embarking on a legal career. However, after becoming the part-owner of a provincial newspaper, Dod gave up his legal career, and moved to London in 1818. For the next twenty-three years he was associated with the Times. Under Dod's direction the Times' reporting of parliamentary debates became more accurate and impartial was in large part to Dod's management of the reporters in his charge. Dod succeeded Horace Twiss at the Times as compiler of the summary Parliamentary debates while at the same time contributing to the paper's obituary memoires. It was these experiences that led Dod to issue his first long-lasting reference work, Dod's Parliamentary Companion. First issued in 1832 it recorded the first Parliament to sit after the passing of the Great Reform Act of 1832 and has been published annually ever since and is currently in its 178th edition. Respected as the most accurate, informative and impartial source for information on the Houses of Parliament and the Civil Service and remains the most trusted resource in the political arena.
Dod's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage was first published in 1841 has been revised and published annually since its first issue and is now incorporated into Dod's Parliamentary Companion. This 62nd edition, published in 1902, carried the full tile Dod's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage of Great Britain & Ireland for 1902, including all the Titled Classes. The first part of the publication provides a general dictionary on ten classes of Peers, etc., and in each instance details are provided on their 'titles, parentage, descent, ages, birthplaces, marriages, education, professions, residences, public services, offices' together with other relevant historical, personal and professional details. The classes covered under part 1 include peers, peeresses, bishops, baronets, Scottish judges, the Privy Council and knights of most orders including knights bachelor, which include most of the eminent religious, legal and medical men of the realm. Part two provides biographical details on more than 4,000 first sons and daughters of peers bearing courtesy titles.
Dod's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage of Great Britain & Ireland is a complete reference dictionary for the titled classes as well as many others bearing honours for the year in which it was published and as such must prove to be an invaluable edition to any collection.
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The Historical Manuscripts Commission was established by royal charter in 1869 with the express purpose of reporting on papers of historical interest in private keeping. The first two reports, dated 1870 and 1871, are republished here. They cover 520 pages, and show that the body was exceptionally active in fulfilling the task assigned to it.
The first report is 13 pages long, with a 133 page appendix. This appendix gives the various separate reports for each collection or location visited. It commences with a detailed look at the records of the House of Lords, and then proceeds to cover a great many aristocratic residences, such as Kimbolton Castle, Blickling Hall, Hatton Collection, Crome Court, Macclesfield, Tabley House, Trelawne, Stanford Court, and many others. Sevceral Cambridge colleges are reported on, as well as some important religious instiutions, like Norwich cathedral. The English report concludes with a look at some town and city corporation records, such as Bridgewater and Coventry.
There is a detailed report for Scotland, with extended treatment for Hamilton Palace, titled aristocrats like Richmond and Lothian, the Catholic Bishop of Edinburgh, the University of Edinburgh, and corporations of Glasgow & Edinburgh. A small number of reports are published for Ireland, including the aristocratic collections of Charlemont, Rosse, and Talbot de Malahide, and the corporations of Dublin, Kilkenny, Limerick, Waterford and Cork.
The second is 22 pages with an appendix of 263 pages. This covers many more places, including early reports on collections which were to become hallmark series for the HMC such as Bedford and Ormond. There are 41 English aristocratic collections, 17 for Scotland and 7 for Ireland, along with several colleges and corporations.
The two volume set is then completed with a comprehensive 85-page index. This publication is essential for scholars of early modern and medieval history in Britain or Ireland.
Published between 1899 and 1900 and republished here on fully-searchable CD-Rom is Cassell's Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland: A Complete Topographical Dictionary of the United Kingdom. Published in six volumes, the collection as a whole contains more than 3,000 pages, 60 coloured maps and many hundreds of illustrations throughout the text.
Cassell and Co., Ltd was founded by John Cassell (1815-1865) who numbered amongst his early professions: carpenter, temperance preacher, tea and coffee merchant before turning to publishing in the 1840s. His first publication was a weekly newspaper, The Standard of Freedom and for a time continued to run a grocery business, which he coupled with publishing. As business expanded, Cassell rented a portion of the Belle Sauvage, an inn which doubled as playhouse and here he built his first printing works. Bankrupt by 1855, Cassell's underwent numerous changes in name reflecting the current owners and managers of the company until 1998 when it became part of the Orion Publishing Group.
In the preface to the first volume of Cassell's Gazetteer of Great Britain & Ireland - A to CHED - released in 1899, it was believed by the publishers that their gazetteer and topographical dictionary met a need that had until that time not been met by any publisher and the scope of the six volumes was detailed in the following terms: the Gazetteer contains an alphabetical list of all of the counties, together with geographical features and river systems, Parliamentary Divisions, Baronies, Parishes - including acreage and soil - Townships, Cities, Boroughs, Towns, Seaports, Hamlets and Villages in the United Kingdom. Provided at the foot of each page is the population for each denomination as enumerated in the 1891 Census of Great Britain and Ireland and its distance from its nearest railway station and London or Dublin.
Physical features are also recorded in the Gazetteer and these include Mountains and Hills - with their altitude - Rivers, Waterfalls, Capes, Lakes, Islands, Rocks and Shoals. Also described are Remarkable Antiquities, Earthworks, Ecclesiastical Ruins and Historic Houses.
For each parish entry the acreage and nature of the soil is provided, the name of the parish church or churches, their dedication, architectural features and monuments; also recorded are other places of worship, schools, public buildings, historic events associated with the parish, eminent inhabitants, antiquities, natural features, trades and gentlemen's seats.
Volume One of Cassell's Gazetteer and Topographical Dictionary contains 505 printed pages, more than 170 illustrations, which include photographs and sketches and 10 fold-out colour maps. Each of the following five volumes contains approximately the same number of pages, illustrations and maps as the first volume.
Cassell's in one of the principal topographical resources for Briatin and Ireland and an essential reference work.
Containing some 670 pages, the Cost of Living of the Working Classes is the Report of the first phase of results of a British Parliamentary Enquiry conducted by the Board of Trade into the conditions of the working classes throughout Britain and Ireland. Data presented in the report dates from enquiries made in October 1905 and the findings were presented to both the House of Commons and Lords in 1907. The full title of the Report provides a clear indication into the nature of the Parliamentary Enquiry: Cost of Living of the Working Classes. Report of an Enquiry by the Board of Trade into Working Class Rents, Housing and Retail Prices, together with the Standard Rates of Wages Prevailing in Certain Occupations in the Principal Industrial Towns of the United Kingdom.
The introductory memorandum to the Report reported that the comparative level of rents of working-class dwellings, of the prices commonly paid by the working classes for meat and other food commodities and fuel as well as wages paid were investigated in a total of 94 industrial towns: 77 in England and Wales, 11 in Scotland and 6 in Ireland. In the majority of cities the wages for the following trades were provided: all components of the building, engineering and printing trades and in most instances a category labelled 'transport', which included the weekly wage for both the skilled and unskilled in each category. Where a specific trade or industry was prevalent in a town, for example the linen trade in Belfast, figures statistics were included for sub-categories of that trade.
Ten percent, or some 60 pages of the Report are given over to Ireland. In Dublin the Enquiry examined the relative wages for the building, engineering, printing, furnishing and transport trades and reported on the average weekly wages to be found in all categories for these industries, which ranged from 19 shillings to just under £2 a week. As for the housing stock inhabited by the majority of these working class people, the Report noted that much was made of of houses that had originally been built for the well-to-do, but now accommodate five or more families, most deficient in basic sanitation and the majority in a dilapidated condition or out of repair. The average rents paid for these tenements were between 2 and 3 shillings a week for a single room, rising to 6 to 8 shillings for four rooms or more. The Report concluded that Dublin exhibited the greatest level of overcrowding and most unsatisfactory housing conditions in the United Kingdom. The Enquiry also investigated and reported on the average prices of all the staples of living - except clothing - necessary for the working class family; these included all basic food stuffs, eggs, bread, meat, sugar, tea and methods of heating including the prices of coal and paraffin.
The Report into the Cost of Living of the Working Classes intimated that comparative enquiries were then being undertaken in France and Germany, which would of made for the most extensive enquiry into conditions of the working class ever undertaken. As it stands the report into the Cost of Living of the Working Classes is an invaluable social document produced when the conditions of the working classes throughout Europe were to change forever due to the impact of World War One. Republished here in fully-searchable digital format, the Cost of Living of the Working Classes will make a valuable addition to the social and family historian alike.
Even an abbreviated form of this publication's full title intimates at the extent of the information contained within: A List of all the owners of 3,000 Acres and Upwards, worth £3,000 a Year; also, 1,300 Owners of 2,000 Acres and Upwards, in England, Ireland, Scotland & Wales, their Acreage & Income from Land, Culled from the Modern Domesday Book.
In this, the fourth edition, published in London in 1883, John Bateman provides details of the great landowners of Great Britain and Ireland extracted from two returns made by Government rate collectors.
Bateman's lengthy introduction highlights the usefulness as well as the pitfalls of his publication not least with the information drawn from the returns for Ireland. Based on information garnered by two Government Surveys for the Poor Law - the second of which was known as the 'Amendment' and was conducted in 1876 - the compilers had been instructed to accept these valuations as the true test of value of land. However, as Bateman points out, valuations in Ireland gave the compilers some truly monumental headaches. For example, he the editor points out that true valuations of land were up to 15% lower in Ulster and a staggering 35% in Co. Kerry, that valuations placed in land for the purposes of Poor Law taxation. Even more perturbing was the nature of land tenure in Ireland. Unlike Great Britain, lessees of land for more than 99 years, commonplace in Ireland, were deemed to be 'owners' rather than tenants. This means that many immediate lessors were in fact mere 'middlemen'. As an example of this complication, Bateman points to Sir Compton Domville's estate in Ireland where in no less than eleven instances lessees were recorded as owners of portions of his estate.
Limitations of valuations aside, the 533 pages of the Landowners of Great Britain and Ireland holds a certain fascination that sometimes exceeds its usefulness, a point not lost on Bateman. Although Bateman would never have used the phrase voyeurism, he recognised the interest aroused by 'knowing another man's business', especially when those men were the great and good of Great Britain and Ireland.
The information provide on owners of land of 3,000 acres worth more that £3,000 a year is useful and in general states the extent and value of land held in each county of Great Britain and Ireland. Biographical information is also provided on the owner and often includes the year of birth, marriage and succession to the head of the family as well as the situation of the family seat. Also included are the public schools and universities attended and gentlemen's clubs enrolled at, from which the editor points out a gentleman's class, politics and religion may be inferred.
This pocket book sized book is fantastically useful to explain the mysteries of Parish Registers. A delightful book to read, a vital, must have for beginner and advanced family historians alike. Packed full of interesting snippets of Parish Registers from around the country, the book explains the type of information that can be found, how to read it and what the entries really mean. Parish registers are some of the most frequently used and most important documents in researching family history, this book helps you to get the most out of the entries and ensures you won't miss a thing when researching baptisms, marriages and deaths.
It gives you access to small details that are easy to over look but can add a lot to your research such as, the years in which there were excessive numbers of deaths i.e. Plague years and the terrible Influenza of 1728.
It describes the varying spellings of some names to give you a guide of how your name may also have changed, for example;
Dyngley, Dinely, Dingley, Dingleye, Dingly, Dinglye, Dinley and so on.
It even has a chronological table outlining the history of Parish Registers, how Thomas Cromwell started them, to the times they were regulated, when registers were imperfectly kept and other interesting dates such as;
1667 - A law is created insisting everyone was buried in wool, to bolster the wool trade.
1735 - The new law forbids keeping records in Latin.
It gives you a brilliant idea of what to expect of Parish Registers, how they changed over time, what exactly they contain and much much more! It's full of details that will enlighten your research and deepen your understanding of Parish registers.
Translation and edition of 1722 by Gibson, complete with all of the 1695 maps by Robert Morden. This is the definitive early history and description of the whole of Britain. An absolute must for anyone's collection. Two immense and extremely rare volumes, worth thousands of pounds, and yours on CD for just £17.75
These books are not dry! They give wonderful accounts of the places, their history and geography, lifestyle of the people at the time, etc. and provide invaluable background information for your family history research.
Written by Percy Enderbie and published in 1661, this is an extremely ancient and rare history and description of the country during an incredibly turbulent period of history.
It also goes into details of the landed gentry and heraldic coats of arms.
This is one of the oldest books that we have scanned, in places it mentions people such as Sir Walter Raleigh (executed in 1618) and it is very strange to think that, to the writer, this was modern history.
Whilst this is hardly a 'light read' it is a fascinating book which any historian would be proud to own.
A wonderful little leather bound book published in 1790 that lists all of the Peerages of England Scotland & Ireland. Many coats of arms illustrated (mainly of the most important families).
A concise A-Z of Surnames in the United Kingdom by Henry Harrison, published 1912.
The book includes an essay on the origins of our surnames, which discusses such topics as the necessity for distinctive nicknames in Scotland, French surnames, Anglo Saxon and Scandinavian names, Flemish names in S. Wales and more. There is also an appendix of principal foreign names found in British directories.
Road routes throughout Great Britain, with distances, information about places passed through on each route, turnpikes etc.
A book for the traveller. Each road has a list of towns and main villages, bridges, crossings, etc. along its route, with distance tables from the starting point and from place to place, plus lists of names of prominent people and their residences along the way.
Contents: Alphabetical list of all the cities, towns and remarkable villages in England & Wales; Index to the Scottish Roads; Principal and direct roads in England & Wales; Cross roads, Circuits of the judges, Directions for passing over at Aust and the New Passage between England and Wales; Tide table directing the proper times for passing over Foss Dyke and Cross Keys Washes in Lincolnshire; Principal and direct roads in Scotland; Cross roads in Scotland; Rates of postage &c.
Road routes throughout Great Britain, with distances, information about places passed through on each route, turnpikes etc.
John Stodard gave lectures on many subjects which he then turned into a series of ten volumes , this is the ninth volume containing his views on Scotland, England and London. It is beautifully illustrated with black and white sketches and photographs of places and people of interest. The text describes the history of each place in an enthusiastic tone. This CD provides a veritable tour around Scotland and England, re-telling some of its most fascinating stories from the past.
Superb histories and illustrations of many places and waterways in Great Britain and Ireland with dozens of fabulous illustrations and plates. The places included are:
Salisbury Plain and Stonehenge, Leeds, The Cinque Ports (Dover, Sandwich, Ebbsfleet, Richborough, Hythe, Rye, Winchelsea, Hastings and Pevensey), Dumfermline, The Plym, Crowland, Ludlow, West Cornwall, Edgehill and Naseby, The Clyde, Burghley, The Weald of Kent, The Dee, Woburn, Dublin City, Scarborough and Whitby, Bristol, Derwentwater, Liverpool, Chester, Bedford, St Andrews and the coast of Fife, Durham, Derbyshire down the Wye & Derwent, The Menai Straits, The Malvern Hills, Lichfield and Coventry, Isle of Skye, Exeter, The Wye from Ross to Monmouth, Londonderry, Sedgemoor, Cambridge, Gloucester and Tewkesbury, Birmingham, Exmoor, Cork, Hatfield House.
4 CD set
An extremely comprehensive book containing the names, details and genealogies of hundreds of Peers of the Realm.
Almost 900 pages of testimonies and interviews, covering various types of factories and work in a wide variety of places in Britain.
An amazing and fascinating insight into conditions of work and peoples' lifestyle in 1842 in their own words.
Did your ancestor work in a factory?
Put meat on the bare bones of your family history by understanding how they lived and worked.
Published in 1760, and in the old fashioned typestyle typical of the period. A fascinating collection of a great number of testimonies of Quakers. Wonderful reading for anyone with Quaker ancestors.
Published in London 1849, this edition of the Annual Monitor or Obituary of Members of the Society of Friends in Great Britain and Ireland for the Year 1848 presents a complete list of members of the Religious Society of Friends or Quakers, who died in 1848 with a few of the deceased who died at the very end of 1847.
This published list of obituaries and death notices was compiled from the annual returns made by each of the Society's Meeting Houses in Great Britain and Ireland, those that had the greatest knowledge on the life of its members.
In each instance the obituaries provide the age of the deceased, the date of death, the particular Meeting House attended and in most instances the marital status of the deceased. In many cases the obituaries given are fulsome. This should come as little surprise to those familiar with the Birth, Marriage and Death Records kept by the Society. Dating from the foundation of the Religious Society of Friends these records exhibit the Society's great interest in keeping records of its growing membership and their achievements for the benefit of God and society as a whole. However, the registers also exhibit the decline in membership from the first decades of the 19th century. Having said this, the Society's Birth, Marriage and Death Registers provide the greatest detail on individuals prior to the introduction of the Civil Registration in Great Britain in 1837 and 1864 in Ireland and in most cases extend far beyond the parochial records kept by the established Churches. For those of a genealogical bent, this edition of the Annual Monitor pre-dates the introduction of Civil Death Registration in Ireland by some eighteen years. Even a quick glance at the obituary list shows that many of the deceased attended meeting houses in Ireland and died during the height of the Great Famine in that country.
While some of the obituaries provide the barest of details, many are accompanied by the quite lengthy death notices if not eulogies provided by the elders of deceased's Meeting House. For example, one of the last entries for 1848 concerns a young man named Cuthbert Wigham, a member of the South Shields Meeting House, who died aged only 26 in Madeira. Wigham's death notice recalls that as a youth he was drawn towards the 'powerful convictions of sin', but by the time of death had been forgiven for his sins. Suffering from consumption, Wigham spent the last months of his life at Funchall and extracts from his diary for this period accompany his obituary.
Republished here on fully searchable CD-Rom, the Annual Monitor for 1849 will appeal to anyone interest in the Religious Society of Friends in general and more specifically those with a genealogical interest in members of the Society.
An invaluable book for those interested in the mining industry or with mining ancestors.
The book covers the whole of Great Britain and Ireland and contains a directory of mine owners, mines and managers listed alphabetically in counties complete with geological maps of each county's coalfields. There are also tables of statistics and details of the 1887 coal mines regulation act.
This excellent book of over 2,000 pages lists all of the doctors, surgeons, dentists, etc, together with short biographical details of each.
The London Medical Directory
The Provincial Medical Directory
The Medical Directory for Wales
The Medical Directory for Ireland
Together with: The Medical Directory of Registered Practitioners resident abroad; The Medical Directory of the Naval, Military and Indian Services; Licentiates in Dental Surgery; also statistical and general information of the universities, colleges, schools, hospitals, dispensaries, lunatic asylums, societies, sanitary medical service, public services, etc. in the United Kingdom.
This book was kindly loaned to the Archive CD Books Project by the Cumbria Archives, Barrow in Furness.
Over 1300 pages.
This excellent directory not only covers the subjects described in its title, but all associated trades and businesses, for example, newsagents, bill posters, music sellers, book binders, album manufacturers, cardboard box makers, copperplate engravers and printers, envelope manufacturers, dealers in fancy goods, libraries, illuminators, map makers, lithographers, newspapers, ticket writers, and so on.
This directory has several sections: Places in England with the names of persons carrying on business in each, arranged alphabetically by counties, then places within each, and then business types, and names in alphabetical order. As above, in separate sections for Scotland, Wales. A list of trades arranged alphabetically, (London & Suburbs, England, Scotland and Wales). Places in Ireland with the names of persons carrying on business in each, arranged alphabetically in Towns. List of trades arranged alphabetically for Ireland, and then two final sections covering the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
Containing a complete list (arranged in alphabetical order) of every railway station, town, village, hamlet, parish and place in Great Britain!
For each place it gives the details of the population from the 1901 census, locality, post offices, money order and telegraphy offices. It also has the particulars of various railways arrangements for shipping goods around the world.
Most importantly it lists every place even if they didn't have a railway station and tells you where and how far the nearest one was. Plus it tells you which companies ran over which lines.
For those interested with ancestors employed in railways, this book could help you discover for whom they worked. Also ideal for railway enthusiasts.
An alphabetical listing of the titled, landed and official classes. Each name in the book has a brief summary of their genealogy and career.
Fully searchable, so you might even pick up on ancestors and connections you weren't expecting.
In 1885 Alfred Barnard undertook to visit the whiskey distilleries of Scotland, Ireland, England and Wales. His publication The Whiskey Distilleries of the United Kingdom, published in 1887, has become a world famous guide for the whiskey industry in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Following on from that success Barnard undertook a similar project with the noted breweries. Published over three years and four volumes The Noted Breweries of Great Britain and Ireland is a magnificent insight into the brewing industry at the end of the nineteenth century. The primary aims of the volumes were to make the reader aware of the scale and nature of the brewing industry as well as providing some biographical details on the more eminent brewing families, including the world famous Guinness brewery and many other breweries in Dublin and Cork.
Over 110 breweries are covered over nearly 2,200 pages. Many of the descriptions of the breweries are accompanied by detailed sketches or photographs of the premises. If you like beer or even just have an interest in the brewing tradition then you will love this publication.
A huge volume with over 1200 pages containing the details of thousands of people from all over Britain, including genealogical, personal, military and career information. Listed alphabetically and fully searchable, this is an easy resource to use.
A huge volume with over 1800 pages containing the details of thousands of people from all over Britain, including genealogical, personal, military and career information.
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