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Mr George Ormerod

Early Life and Education: George Ormerod was born on 20 April 1785 in Manchester, England, to a wealthy family with a keen interest in history and antiquities. His father, also named George Ormerod, was a successful attorney. From an early age, Ormerod showed a strong inclination towards historical research and literature, fostered by his family's intellectual environment.

Ormerod received his early education at Manchester Grammar School, where his passion for history flourished under the guidance of knowledgeable teachers. He later went on to study at Trinity College, Oxford, where he further honed his skills in historical research and methodology.

Career and Contributions: Upon completing his education, Ormerod returned to Manchester and began his legal practice, following in the footsteps of his father. However, his true passion lay in historical scholarship, and he dedicated much of his free time to research and writing.

Ormerod's most significant work came in the form of his magnum opus, "The History of the County Palatine and City of Chester," a comprehensive and meticulously researched account of the history and antiquities of Cheshire. Published in three volumes between 1819 and 1822, Ormerod's work was groundbreaking in its depth and attention to detail. It remains a seminal text in the field of Cheshire history and is highly regarded by historians and scholars to this day.

In addition to his monumental history of Cheshire, Ormerod also made significant contributions to the study of local history and genealogy. He was a founding member of the Chetham Society, a scholarly organization dedicated to the publication of historical documents relating to Lancashire and Cheshire. Ormerod's meticulous research and scholarly rigor set a high standard for historical scholarship in the region.

Later Years and Legacy: George Ormerod spent his later years immersed in historical research and writing, continuing to contribute to the field until his death. He passed away on 7 December 1873, leaving behind a rich legacy of scholarship and a lasting impact on the study of local history in England.

Ormerod's works remain essential reading for anyone interested in the history of Cheshire and the surrounding regions. His dedication to meticulous research and his passion for preserving the past continue to inspire historians and scholars to this day.


  1. Ormerod, George. The History of the County Palatine and City of Chester. London: Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor & Jones, 1819-1822.
  2. Brock, William H. "Ormerod, George (1785–1873), Historian and Genealogist." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press, 2004.
  3. Phillips, Mark. "George Ormerod (1785-1873)." Transactions of the Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society, vol. 89, 1995, pp. 121-124.

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