Court of the Peculiar of the Prebend of Knaresborough

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A general explanation of probate records in England, is given in the article England Probate Records.Click to read definitions of the words peculiar and prebend.

Description[edit | edit source]

Probate is the legal court process by which the estate of a deceased person is distributed to his or her heirs. The term probate refers to a collection of documents, including wills, administrations (also called admons), inventories, and act books. The Church of England ecclesiastical courts had authority for this process until to 1858.

Step By Step[edit | edit source]

1. Search indexes to help you more quickly find the will, writing down each detail given in the index.

2. Go to "Records" (below) to determine what probate records exist for this court.

3. Obtain the records to search. Use one of these methods to find indexes and records.

  • Contact or visit the Archive (see below) or hire a professional record searcher to view these records on your behalf.
  • Microfilm can no longer be ordered.

Indexes[edit | edit source]

Online Indexes[edit | edit source]

Indexes for 54 peculiar courts, 1383-1883, are available online on British Origins. This is a subscription site.

Printed and Published Indexes[edit | edit source]

Records[edit | edit source]

Archive Location[edit | edit source]

The records for this court are held in the Borthwick Institute of Historical Research.

Archive Records[edit | edit source]

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Family History Library[edit | edit source]

  • The Family History Library has original wills, bonds, 1546, 1560 on film number 1786249 Item 2.
  • Wills and administrations from the Knaresborough court rolls were published by the Surtees Society volumes 104 and 110. The library has microfiche copies on fiche numbers 6073386 and 6073392.

Jurisdiction[edit | edit source]

The prebendary of Knaresborogh anciently exercised probate jurisdiction over some parts of the town of Knaresborough.