Court of the Peculiar of Selby

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A general explanation of probate records in England, is given in the article England Probate Records.Click to read a definition of the word peculiar.


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 BritishOrigins. This is a subscription site.

Printed and Published Indexes

The Family History Library has a filmed calendar, 1681-1858, on film number 98916 items 8 and 10. Item 10 is a bound manuscript. Item 8 is another volume containing a calendar for 1681-1714, an act book for 1715-1726, and a calendar for 1727-1788. The act book includes marriage licenses.


Archive Location

The records for this court are held in theBorthwick Institute of Historical Research. Archive Location

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Family History Library Records

The Family History Library has film copies of originals, 1635-1858. Films can be view in the library or in a family history center.

  • Surnames A-G on film number 99917. Another A and three B's appear on film 99921.
  • Surnames H-P on film number 99918. Two H's, a K and a P appear on film 99921.
  • Surnames R-S on film number 99919. An R and three more S's are on film 99921.
  • Surnames T-Z on film number 99920. FJour T's and five W's are on film 99921.

A set of original records, 1681-1731, are on film number 99921. They are in chronological order from this point. There are some seventeen documents for 1681-1710 that are not in the abstracts mentioned below.

Volume 47 of the Record Series of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society purports to be abstracts of all 695 probate in alphabetical order. This is not the case as will be noted on film 99921. The marriage licenses, 1664-1726, are also printed in this volulme.


Barlow, Brayton, Burn, Gateforth, Hambleton, Selby and Thorpe Willoughby.