See also:fourth son of
See also:Harris Nicolas (d . 1844), was
See also:born at Dartmouth on the loth of
See also:March 1799 . Having served in the
See also:navy from 1812 to 1816, he studied
See also:law and was called to the
See also:bar at the Inner
See also:Temple in 1825 . His
See also:work as a
See also:barrister, however, was confined principally to
See also:peerage cases before the
See also:House of Lords, and his
See also:time was mainly devoted to genealogical and
See also:historical studies . In 1831 he was made a knight of the
See also:order of the Guelphs, and in 1832 chancellor and knight-
See also:commander of the order of St Michael and St
See also:George, being advanced to the grade of the
See also:cross in 184o . He became a member of the council of the Society of Antiquaries in 1826, but soon began to criticize the management of the society's affairs, and withdrew in 1828 . He then criticized the Record Commission, which he regarded as too expensive . These attacks, which brought him into controversy with
See also:Francis Palgrave, led in 1836 to the
See also:appointment of a select
See also:committee to inquire into the public records . He was also responsible for several reforms at the
See also:British Museum . In 1822 Nicolas married Sarah (d . 1867), daughter of John
See also:Davison of
See also:Essex, a reputed descendant of the Tudor statesman
See also:William Davison . By her he
See also:left two sons and six daughters .
Pecuniary difficulties compelled him to leaveEngland, and he died near
See also:Boulogne on the 3rd of
See also:August 1848 . Although a
See also:sharp and eager controversialist Nicolas was a genial and generous man, with a
See also:great knowledge of genealogical questions . The most important of the
See also:works Of Nicolas is his
See also:History of the Orders of
See also:Knighthood of the British
See also:Empire; of the Order of the Guelphs; and of Medals, Clasps, &c., for
See also:Naval and Military Services (
See also:London, 1841-1842) . Among his numerous other writings are, The Chronology of History (London, 1833) ;
See also:Life of William Davison (London, 1823) ; Synopsis of the Peerage of England (London, 1825) ; Life and Times of Sir Christopher Hatton (London, 1847) ; and an uncompleted History of the Royal Navy (London, 1847) . He edited Proceedings and Ordinances of the Privy Council of England, 1386–1542 (London, 1834–1837), and Despatches and Letters ,of
See also:Lord Nelson (London, 1844–1846) ; wrote lives of
See also:Chaucer, Burns, Cowper .
See also:White and others for Pickering's Aldine edition of the poets; lives of Izaak Walton and
See also:Cotton for an edition of the Corn pleat
See also:Angler; and several elaborate works on genealogical and kindred subjects printed for private circulation only .
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