Sir Nicholas Harris Nicolas, an English antiquary, born at East Looe, in Cornwall, March 10, 1799, died near Boulogne, Aug. 3, 1848. He entered the navy as midshipman in 1808, and was made lieutenant in 1815. On the conclusion of peace he studied law, and was called to the bar in 1825. He was chosen a member of the council of the society of antiquaries, but his imprudence and fiery temper caused him to be expelled after he had appeared once at their meeting; and he thereupon began a series of attacks on the society. In 1826 he became joint editor of the "Retrospec-tive Review." His most important works are: "Life of Secretary Davison " (1823); Notitia Historica (1824). which was remodelled, under the title of " Chronology of History " (1835), for Lardner's "Cabinet Cyclopaedia;" "Synopsis of the Peerage of England " (1825; new ed. by W. Courthope, " Historic Peerage of England," 1857); Testamenta Vetusta (1826); "History of the Battle of Agincourt" (1827); "Controversy between Sir Richard Scrope and Sir Robert Grosverior " (2 vols., 1832, unfinished); "History of the Orders of Knighthood of the British Empire" (4 vols. 4to, 1841-'2); " Observations on the Institution of the Order of the Garter," in vol. xxxi. of Archoeologia; and " History of the Royal Navy" (2 vols. 8vo, 1847, unfinished). He prepared for Pickering's Aldine edition of the British poets the lives of Chaucer, Surrey, Wyatt, Collins. Cowper, Thomson, Burns, and Henry Kirke White, and edited the poems of Davison, the "Literary Remains of Lady Jane Grey," the " Siege of Carlaverock," the " Privy Purse Expenses of Henry VIII.," a "Chronicle "of London from 1089 to 1483," "Memoirs of Lady Fanshawe, written by Herself," and the " Letters and Despatches of Admiral Lord Viscount Nelson" (7 vols. 8vo, 1844-'6). When he died he was editing the papers of Sir Hudson Lowe.