Court of the Peculiar of Brighstone

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Return to the Hampshire Probate Records page. 

Step By Step

1. First search each index (see below) to help you more quickly find the will, writing down each detail cited in the indexed entry.
2. Proceed to "Records" (below) to determine what probate records exist for this court.
3. Contact or visit the Hampshire Record Office, or, hire a professional record searcher to view these records on your behalf. Officials may send upon request a list of record searchers.
4. You can visit The Family History Library, or, one of its 4,500 satellite family history centers worldwide and search indexes to probate records; then with the information obtained from the index[es] you can search more quickly the original wills and admons also on microfilm via any centers near you.


Surviving wills and admons to the Court of the Peculiar of Brighstone have been mostly indexed with the following ones:

Online Indexes

Here is an online index from 1500's-1857. This is a mostly complete listing of wills for this time period, and can be very helpful to those searching Hampshire probate records.

Printed and Published Indexes

Original handwritten indexes:

There is an index (manuscript) from 1563 to 1668 for Brighstone held at the Hampshire Record Office covering most if not all wills in this peculiar court's jurisdiction.

Microfilmed indexes at the Family History Library:

The indexes as listed in the above are also available in the collection of The Family History Library and they are on microfilm and may be circulated to each of its satellite Family History Centers worldwide.

The Family History Library has a comprehensive microfilmed [index Cards] of probate records which pertain to each of Hampshire's peculiar probate courts--including Brighstone for the years of this peculiar court's jurisdiction from 1563 to 1668.

The Hampshire Record Office also has a type manuscript index covering the early Brighstone 1563-1668; see the next section below.


Archives Location

Hampshire Record Office
Archives and Local Studies
Sussex Street
Hampshire SO23 8TH
tel 01962 846154, fax 01962 878681
Contact the Archives and Local Studies


Opening times:
Monday to Friday, 9am-7pm
Saturday, 9am-4pm

Archive Records

Add information about the manuscript, printed and digital records in this location.

Original Wills 1583-1720

Family History Library Records

Original Wills 1583-1720


The Court of the Peculiar of Brighstone held jurisdiction over the parish of Brighstone. When a search of this court’s records fails to provide the desired probate record, be sure to search both the Consistory and Archdeaconry Courts of Winchester as well as the Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The administrations (admons) for this "peculiar" probate court were processed and granted through the [Consistory Court] of Winchester.