Edward Peacock (antiquary)

Edward Peacock (22 December 1831 in Hemsworth[1] – 31 March 1915[2]) was an English antiquarian and novelist.


Edward Peacock, the only son of the agriculturalist Edward S. Peacock (died 1861), of Bottesford Manor, near Brigg, Lincolnshire,[3][4] was educated by private tutors.[1] Influenced by John Henry Newman, he converted to Catholicism as a young man.[2] In 1853 he married Lucy Anne (died 1887), daughter of John S. Weatherall of New York City, a Captain in the United States Navy,[4] his son, Max, and daughter, Mabel Peacock, also published works on the folklore of Lincolnshire.[5] He lived at Bottesford Manor and Kirton-in-Lindsey, and in 1869 was appointed Justice of the Peace for the Parts of Lindsey.[6]

Peacock was elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 1857, and was a corresponding member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society (1858) and the Société des antiquaires de Normandie (1871) and a member of the Surtees Society, the Anthropological Institute, the English Dialect Society and the Early English Text Society.[7] In the 1880s he served on the Committee of the London Library.[4] A prolific contributor to James Murray's New English Dictionary,[4] he also wrote contributions to antiquarian journals and other periodicals: the Archaeologia and Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries, the Journal of the Royal Archaeological Institute, Notes and Queries, the Athenaeum and the Dublin Review. At the time of his death he left a biographical work of the known notable combatants of the English Civil War incomplete.[7]

Peacock has been described as "one of the most durable contributors" to the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary.[8] One of the works which he used as a source for 51 original submission slips is a lost work called Meanderings of Memory; although the dictionary's current editors have been unable to find that work, the credibility of Peacock's other submissions has led them to assume that the book actually existed.[8][9]


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  1. 1 2 Men of the time, 1875
  2. 1 2 'Obituary: Edward Peacock', Notes and Queries, Second series XI, 10 April 1915, 292
  3. The Catholic who's who & yearbook, 1910
  4. 1 2 3 4 Lincolnshire at the opening of the 20th century, 1907
  5. Obituary: Miss Mabel Peacock Folk-Lore vol. 31 4:338 (Dec. 1920)
  6. Men and women of the time, 1899
  7. 1 2 "The Edward Peacock Papers". ELGAR: Electronic Gateway to Archives at Rylands. 13 May 2005. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  8. 1 2 OED_Editor (4 June 2013). "Meanderings of Memory". Oxford English Dictionary. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  9. Flood, Alison (10 May 2013). "Oxford English Dictionary asks public to help track down mystery book". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 September 2016.

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