Court of the Peculiar of the Dean of Windsor

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England Gotoarrow.png Berkshire Gotoarrow.png Berkshire Probate Records

Getting Started: Step by Step

1. First search each index (see below) to help you more quickly find the will, writing down each detail cited in the indexed entry.
2. Proceed to the "Probate Records Held in This Archive" (below) to determine what original probate records exist for this court. Also see "Probate Records of This Court in The Family History Library".
3. Contact or visit The Aerary St Geroge's Chapel Dean's Cloister Windsor Castle or, hire a professional record searcher to view these records on your behalf. Officials may send upon request a list of record searchers.
4. Visit The Family History Library, or, one of its 4,500 satellite family history centers worldwide and search indexes to probate records; then with the information obtained from the index[es] you can search more quickly the original wills and admons also on microfilm via any centers near you.

Indexes

The original and copy wills (only 18 in number) have been abstracted in "The Manuscripts of St. George's Chapel" by Canon J. N. Dalton (1957). FHL book 942.29/W2 H25b no. 11.

Records

The original records are held at the Aerary, St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. They include:

  • Original and copy wills, etc., 1396-1638
  • Register copy wills, etc., 1662-1735

The records have not yet been microfilmed and are not available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

Jurisdiction

Windsor is a 'royal peculiar' subject only to the crown. This court had jurisdiction "in the freehold of the College within the Lower Ward of Windsor Castle."[1]  Wills proven through this court would have been for the Deans, Canons and other staff of the College of St. George at Windsor Castle.

  1. Camp, Anthony J. "Wills and Their Whereabouts." London: the author, 1974. FHL book 942 S2wa, page 5.