This family descend from John Burke and his second wife, Lucinda Plunkett of Bettyfield, county Roscommon. From their eldest son, Joseph, descend the Burkes of Auberies, Suffolk and from their younger son, Peter, the Burkes of Elm Hall. In 1795 Peter Burke married Anne Dowdall by whom he had two sons, John, father of Peter of Elm Hall and of Sir Bernard Burke, Ulster King of Arms and author of Burke's Peerage, Landed Gentry etc. Peter and Anne's second son was Joseph Burke of Elm Hall, a Queen's Counsel and Master in Chancery, whose collection of sale rentals from the land courts 1849-1864 is now in the National Library. Peter Burke of London owned 113 acres in county Tipperary in the 1870s.
- Copy of confirmation of arms to the descendants of Peter Burke of Elm Hall, Co. Tipperary and to his grandson, Peter Burke, B.L., of the Inner Temple and also to the descendants of Joseph Burke, eldest brother of Peter Burke of Elm Hall aforesaid and to Major Walter St. George Burke, Co. Essex, March 30, 1854 and Nov. 2, 1896. Genealogical Office: Ms.108, pp.75-6 ; National Library of Ireland
Contemporary printed sources
- ''GRIFFITH'S VALUATION OF IRELAND'[Primary Valuation of Tenements]', 1850-1858. : Barony of Lower Ormond, 101 (Derrinlieragh)
- LEWIS, Samuel. ''A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland''. London: S. Lewis & Co., 1837: II, 291 (Elm Hall)
- ORDNANCE SURVEY NAME BOOKS, County Tipperary: Vol.VI, Parish of Loughkeen, p.174.
Modern printed sources
- BURKE, Sir Bernard. ''A genealogical and heraldic history of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland''. London: Harrison & Sons, 1886: I, 253-254
- HOWARD, Joseph Jackson and CRISP, Frederick Arthur (eds). ''Visitation of Ireland''. Baltimore: reprint by Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc., 1973: I, 23-24