Great Orphan's Books, Mayor of Bristol

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  1. Look at the "Records" section below to determine what probate records exist for you.
  2. If you find reference to a will of interest to you, obtain a copy either by writing to England or by viewing it on microfilm at the Family History Library or through a family history center.
  3. If no reference of interest is found, search the records of the Court of the Bishop of Gloucester. If you are looking for a will after 1776, you should also check the Bishop's court.


Indexes Online

Printed and Published Indexes


Archive Locations

Bristol Record Office 'B' Bond Warehouse Smeaton Road Bristol BS1 6XN

Tel: 0117 922 4224

Fax: 0117 922 4236


The records for this court are housed in the Bristol City Record Office.

Archive Records

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

Registered Wills 1379-1674

Probate or Copy Wills 1261-1828

Family History Library Records

Registered Wills 1379-1674

Notes or abstracts of the wills

Recognizance of orphans, 1333-1700


By Royal Letters Patent 12th Jan 1331, Edward III granted to the Mayor of Bristol power to take recognisance for the proper security of orphans estates.