Court of the Peculiar of the Bishop of Exeter (Episcopal Consistory)

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England Gotoarrow.png Devon Gotoarrow.png Devonshire Probate Records

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Calendars of wills and administrations relating to the counties of Devon and Cornwall : proved in the Court of the principal registry of the Bishop of Exeter, 1559-1799. And of Devon only, proved in the Court of the Archdeaconry of Exeter, 1540-1799.


Virtually all records for this court were destroyed in 1942, but don't give up until you have searched the manuscript collections and all other possible courts. These include:

Copies of some post-1796 probates may have been deposited in the Estate Duty Registers.


This court had jurisdiction over the following parishes.

Bishopsnympton Bishopsteignton Chudleigh Crediton
Kennerleigh Landkey Marldon Morchard Bishop
Newport Paignton Sandford Stoke Gabriel
Swimbridge Bishop's Tawton West Teignmouth .