Biography and Notes
From 1873 he was Cokayne, Calrenceux King of Arms, 4th son of William Adams and brother of Louisa Anne, Lady Aldenham. Baptised 20 June 1825 at St. George's Bloomsbury. Educated privately. Matric. Oxford (Exeter College) 6 June 1844; BA 1848, MA 1852.
Barrister (Lincoln's Inn) 1853. Entered The College of Arms, 1859; Rouge Dragon Pursuivant, 1859-69; Lancaster Herald, 1870; Norroy King of Arms, 1882; Clarenceux King of Arms, 1894-1911. Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, 1866-1911. By Royal Licence, 1873, took the name Cokayne in lieu of Adams under the testamentary direction of his mother, Louisa Anne Adams of Thorpe.
Member of Nobody's Friends, 1850-84 (secretary 1869-84, hon-member 1884-1911).
Author of The Complete Peerage (8 vols., pub. 1887-98)—see VII, n22; The Complete Baronetage, 1611-1800 (5 vols. published 1900-06) and of other Genealogical Works; also Lord Mayors and Sheriffs of London, 1601-25, published 1897, and Memoirs of the Members of Nobody's Friends 1st vol. privilege printed 1885, reprinted 1920; 2nd vol. 1902. Residences—sometime, up to 1868-92 Inverness Terrace, Paddington (number since changed); Ashbourne House, Putney, 1868-85; Exeter House, Roehampton, 1885-1911. For his "royal descent" see entry for his mother Louisa Anne Adams; (for his wife's see also entry for George Abraham Gibbs and the Right Hon. Sir Vicary Gibbs). His life is in Dictionary National Biography (vol. I of 2nd supplement).
Buried 9 August 1911 at Putney Vale Cemetery. Will proved 1 September 1911.
Portraits: pastel by Edward Havel (1887?); min. in Herald's (Norroy) uniform, 1890, both last in possession of his son Francis.
Oil 3/4, seated, by C. Kay Robertson (1901); crayon head by E. U. Eddis (1859); water-colour, small, by "Mr. Foster" (c. 1836); oil, ? reproduced from the last; all four last in possession of his son Lord Cullen.