(1854–1928) Medieval historian and genealogist whose scathing attacks on fanciful claims to descent from medieval noble families helped to establish rigorous standards in genealogy. He was particularly dismissive about the ‘errors, mis-statements and absurdities’ of Burke's Peerage in 1893. His collected writings were published as Studies in Peerage and Family History (1901), Peerage and Pedigree (2 vols, 1910), and Family Origins and Other Studies (ed. W. Page, 1930).
From The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History in Oxford Reference.