Court of the Chancellor of the University of Cambridge

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Indexes

Calendar of wills proved in Vice-chancellor's court at Cambridge, 1501-1765.

Records

The records are deposited at the Cambridge University Archives at the University Library.  Microfilmed copies are at the Cambridgeshire Archives.  They include:

  • Original wills, 1540-1765, and a few from 1501
  • Register copy wills, 1501-1765
  • Administration bonds, 1541-1746
  • Inventories, 1498-1744, 1761

Records have been microfilmed and are also available at the Family History Library and through family history centers.  They include:

Jurisdiction

This court had jurisdiction solely over members of Cambridge University and certain 'privileged' persons connected with the University.  It was presided over more often by the Vice-Chancellor and was sometimes referred to as the Court of the Vice-Chancellor.