Charles Boutell

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Title page of English Heraldry (1867) by Boutell

Charles Boutell (1 August 1812 – 31 July 1877)[1] was an English archaeologist, antiquary and clergyman, publishing books on brasses, arms and armour and heraldry, often illustrated by his own drawings.[2]


Boutell was at one time curate of Sandridge. He was secretary of the St. Albans Architectural Society, founded in 1845; and was one of the founders in 1855 of the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society. During the first forty years of the Surrey Archaeological Society, Boutell appeared regularly as lecturer at the Society's annual excursions.

Among Boutell's several publications, A Manual of Heraldry, Historical and Popular (1863) was particularly successful. A second edition was called for in two months (published under the revised title, Heraldry, Historical and Popular), and a third edition appeared in 1864. Boutell also published a shorter companion work, English Heraldry (1867), which appeared in a second edition in 1871, and in several later editions including those revised by S.T. Aveling in 1892 and by A.C. Fox-Davies in 1907. The two works had become standard popular heraldic handbooks, and in 1931 a book entitled Boutell's Manual of Heraldry was published, edited by V. Wheeler-Holohan, which drew on both Boutell's originals. Later revisions, now simply entitled Boutell's Heraldry, were edited by C.W. Scott-Giles (1950, 1954, 1958, 1963 and 1966) and J.P. Brooke-Little (1963, 1966, 1970, 1973, 1978 and 1983).

Boutell was Honorary Secretary of the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society from 23 July 1857 until 27 November 1857, when he was dismissed from this position for what was termed "improper" bookkeeping involving the amount of £56 15s.[3][4]


He married Mary Chevallier (1809–1880), daughter of John Chevallier and Caroline Hepburn.

Their children were:

  • Caroline Ellen Alice Boutell (1843–1882), married Nathanael Fromanteel Cobbold (1839–1886), son of John Cobbold (1797–1882), of the brewery family
  • Charles John Boutell
  • Mary Chevallier-Boutell
  • Arthur Brandon Chevallier-Boutell (1849–1923)
  • Francis Hepburn Chevallier-Boutell (1851–1937)[5]


See also


  1. "Boutell (or Bowtell), Charles (BTL829C)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Church Monuments Society
  3. Levine, Philippa (1986). The Amateur and the Professional: antiquarians, historians and archaeologists in Victorian England, 1838–1886. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 54. ISBN 0-521-30635-3.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Transactions of the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society
  5. The Peerage
  6. Open Library
Illustrations by R. B. Utting
from English Heraldry

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