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George Dames Burtchaell (1853 - 1921)

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George Dames Burtchaell
Born in Summerville, Carlow, Irelandmap
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Died in Dublin, Irelandmap
Profile last modified | Created 20 Feb 2015
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Baptism: 27 July 1853, St. Stephen's, Dublin

Education: Kilkenny College

Degree: M.A. (1883), LL.B (1877), Trinity College, Dublin

His diary of 1880 is preserved in the National Library of Ireland 9Ms 7812). He began at Larchfield, Co. Kilkenny (the property was assigned to his father). A lawyer, he seems to have been articled at age 27. His diary is full of meticulous lists (peers who died that year with date and title; ditto for national grand jurors, with a note that perhaps 90% had English names). Income and outgo likewise recorded with end of year: "First Year at the Bar £3.3.0"

Appointed 1: Bet. 1899-1903, Inspector of Historical Manuscripts

Appointed 2: 1908, Athlone Poursuivant[1]; Deputy Ulster King of Arms (1908-10)

Appointed 3: 1915, Deputy Ulster King of Arms (to death)

Elected: Member of the Royal Irish Academy (mem. of Council, 1915-18); Fellow of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland (1891-99, Asst. Sec. & Tres.: 1907-09, Hon. Sec.: 1909-14, V.P.)

JTB cites: Paul Gorrey, "the Roots of Irish Genealogy," in Irish Roots, 1995, no. 2. p. 25: Following Sir Arthur Vicar's dismissal from the post of Ulster King of Arms (1908), his replacement was Sir Nevil Wilkinson, a move more to save face than with any ability. Although he kept that title until his death in 1940, the real work was done by GDT and later Thomas Ulick Sadleir (1882-1957). Sadleir described George as "probably the most accomplished genealogist has ever known." As a barrister who practiced as a peerage counsel in the House of Lords he made major contributions to many publications. The two collaborated in creating a list (later published) of the Trinity College (Dublin) students; Alumni dublinenses.[2]

Many publications [see JTB's full PDF]

He was slated for knighthood, but died before it could be conferred.

He was killed in a traffic accident in Dublin. [Killed while crossing street?]


James Tunstead Burtchaell III, C.S.C, ‘’The Genealogy of the Burtchaell Family’’, (2002) [PDF], p. 18, 38-40


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