Sir John Bernard Burke, an English genealogist, born in London in 1815. His father, John Burke, who died in 1848, was cadet of an ancient family in Ireland, and became attached as reporter and editor to the London press. He originated many literary speculations, among others the "Standard Novels," a series of cheap republications, with new introductions by the authors. He was the founder and first editor (subsequently assisted by his two sons) of "Burke's Peerage and Baronetage," the most complete and accurate work of its kind, a new edition being published each year (34th ed., 1872). In May, 1857, the copyright of this work was sold for a large sum, although burdened with the payment of £400 per annum to whichever of Mr. Burke's sons should edit the "Peerage," as long as it continued to be published. Sir J. Bernard Burke was called to the English bar at the Middle Temple in 1839, succeeded Sir William Betham as " Ulster king of arms of all Ireland " in 1853, and was knighted in 1854. He succeeded his father as editor of the "Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage," and has also written the "History of Dormant, Abeyant, Forfeited, and Extinct Peerages," "History of the Landed Gentry," "Vicissitudes of Families," and several other works on kindred subjects.