Saturday, 31 August 2013

Origins loses Burkes Peerage

The Burke's Peerage website, which was developed by, and operated by since 2005 on behalf of Burke's Peerage (UK) Ltd, has been sold to another owner. The current website at will therefore cease to operate from September 1st 2013.

In an email to subscribers, has apologised for the short notice and has intimated that it has received no communication from the new operator as to its future plans. Those with current subscriptions will be refunded a proportion of their subscription fee within the next two weeks.

Dr Ian Galbraith of has added that "normal practice when subscription services terminate is for the "old" service provider to be permitted to provide service until the end of the subscription period, so that current subscription agreements can be honoured. But in this case the new owners are not allowing this" - the company has also apologised and stated that the new owner's intentions "has left us as much in the dark as you".

The full statement from is online at

(With thanks to Caroline Gurney)


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