Burkes Landed Gentry

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The NEW Burke's Landed Gentry

FOR GENEALOGISTS the publishing event of 2001 is undoubtedly the appearance of the first volume of a new Burke's Landed Gentry containing the lineages of 650 Scottish families whose kinsmen are spread across what their ancestors described as the New World. With only five million Scots left in the homeland, the major interest in this new edition will thus be evident among the fifty million or so of Scots descent in England, North America, Australasia and Southern Africa.
The guide to the selection of the traditional contents has been abandoned. The old landed families are there, of course, but they are joined by other families who have maintained clear and reliable histories of their blood descent, and by the peers and baronets of Scottish ancestry who previously appeared only in the pages of Burke's Peerage & Baronetage. Accordingly, in one book we have assembled for our use all the principal family sources we need for ancestral research in Scotland.
That we are now in the 21st century has been made evident by the computerisation. First, the work of the editorial team has been much simplified in comparison with the work of their predecessors. Second, the content of the book has been made available online under two separate and distinct subscription schemes. Third, the editors invite online readers to submit amendments (as corrections and additions) that can be incorporated immediately into the online addition and can thus facilitate the production of the next printed edition.
Burke's Landed Gentry book spine
The online subscription schemes are of immense value. Casual users may have 24 hours access for US$25. Professionals will probably prefer the annual arrangement available at US$430 p.a. Information can be downloaded in the same format as that used in the hardcopy book. Unfortunately the online service is currently somewhat clunky, access is sometimes unavailable and this reviewer's computer uncharacteristically froze several times, but this is an area in which improvements will be made.
The structure of the planned series, of which this volume is titled "The Kingdom in Scotland", envisages seven volumes, of which the next will be Ireland (Eire and Ulster). Wales will follow, and then England in four volumes ~ Southwest, North, East, and Southeast. The pages are A4 in size and have double columns. This first volume has over 1,500 pages.
A major innovation is the introduction of short biographies of prominent Scots ~ life peers, law lords, knights, clan chiefs, members of parliament et al. If they are already included in the lineages there is a short cross reference, but the majority are not and their inclusion here is extremely useful. So, for example, an entry for MacTavish of Dunardry, chief of Clan MacTavish, is printed, even though his family history is absent.
(The MacTavish arms are illustrated and these, not having the supporters possessed by the chiefs of the great clans, indicate immediately that the claims made by some of his clansmen, to the effect that they form the second largest clan in Scotland, presumably by including the great Clan Campbell as a branch of their own, have not been recognised officially.)
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