Court of the Peculiar of the Prebend of Osbaldwick

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Yorkshire Probate Records
Court of the Peculiar of the Prebend of Osbaldwick

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.


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.

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Online Indexes

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

Printed and Published Indexes

The Family History Library has a copy of a calendar, 1631-1739, on film number 98916 item 4. It is on page 70(A) of the bound manuscript volume.


Archive Location

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

Archive Records

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Family History Library Records

The Family History Library has a copy of original records, 1631-1739, on film number 99444 item 2. There is a calendar at the end. Films can be view in the library or in a family history center.


This prebendal court covered Gate Helmsley and parts of Murton and Osbaldwick. See also the Prebend Court of Stensall.