Court of the Peculiar of the Dean of Salisbury

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England Gotoarrow.png Wiltshire Probate Records

This court was also known as the Court of the Peculiar of the Dean of Sarum.


Indexes are included with the original and mircofilmed records as listed above.

The following index is also available at the Wiltshire Record Office, and the Family History Library:


The original records are deposited at the Wiltshire Record Office in Trowbridge, England.  They include:

  • Register copy wills, etc., 1538-1649, 1706-1730, 1770-1806
  • Original wills, administrations, and inventories, 1558-1857

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


This court had jurisdiction in the following places in Wiltshire:

  • Boyden
  • Heytesbury
  • Hill Deverill
  • Horningsham
  • Knook
  • Mere
  • Ramsbury
  • Salisbury Close
  • Swallowcliffe

It also had secondary jurisdiction over the parishes of Monkton Wyld and Sarum.

This court also had jurisdiction over the following places in Berkshire:

  • Arborfield
  • Blewbury with Upton and Aston Upthorp
  • Hurst
  • Ruscombe
  • Sandhurst
  • Sonning
  • Upthorpe
  • Wokingham

This court also had jurisdiction over the following places in Dorset:

  • Alton Pancras
  • Anderson
  • Bere Hackett
  • Bere Rigis
  • Bloxworth
  • Castleton
  • Caundle Marsh
  • Charminster
  • Clifton Maybank
  • Folke
  • Haydon
  • Hermitage
  • Holnest
  • Kingston Chapel
  • Lillington
  • Long Bourton
  • Maperton
  • Nether Compton
  • North Wooton
  • Over Compton
  • Ryme Instrinseca
  • Sherborne
  • Stockwood
  • Stratton
  • Thompson or Winterbourne Tomson
  • Thornford
  • Turners Puddle
  • Wobourne or Oborne

In addition, during triennail inhibition, it had jurisdiction over the parishes otherwise in the jurisdiction of the Dean and Canons of Windsor, the Lord Warden of Savernake Forest and the Prebendal Peculiars in Wiltshire, and Faringdon in Berkshire. It's jurisdiction was uninhibited.