George Frederick Beltz: Genealogical Memoranda

Scope and Content

Genealogical memoranda in Beltz's and other hands, 36 folios. On the flyleaf at the end are 'Ornaments of majesty' in a sixteenth century hand. Inside the front cover are the bookplates of Frederick Arthur Crisp and Ralph Griffin.

Administrative / Biographical History

George Frederick Beltz (1777-1841), Lancaster herald, was employed for many years in the office of the Garter king of arms. He became gentleman usher of the scarlet rod of the order of the Bath, and Brunswick herald in 1814. In 1813 he was secretary to the mission sent to invest the Emperor of Russia with the order of the Garter, and in 1814 he performed a similar office at the investiture of the Emperor of Austria. He was a portcullis pursuivant from 1817 to 1822, before being appointed Lancaster herald. In 1826 he was made a companion of the Royal Hanoverian Guelphic order, of which order he was honoured with a knighthood in 1836. He was attacked by illness while on a tour on the continent, and died at Basle on 23 Oct. 1841.

Beltz contributed papers on archaeological subjects to the Gentleman's magazine (1822), the Retrospective review (1823), and to volumes of the Archaeologia of the Society of Antiquaries (1833-1839). He also compiled many of the pedigrees in Sir R.C. Hoare's History of south Wiltshire. His own publications were A review of the Chandos peerage case (1834) and the Memorials of the Order of the Garter (1841).

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by Ralph Griffin, 25 April 1934.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Beltz in Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee, eds., Dictionary of national biography, Vol. II (London, 1908), pp. 204-205.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.

Custodial History

The volume once belonged to Frederick Arthur Crisp.