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Court of the Peculiar of the Prebend of Holme Archiepiscopi

A general explanation of probate records in England, is given in the article England Probate Records.Click to read definitions of the words peculiar and prebend.


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.

Step By StepEdit

1. Search indexes to help you more quickly find the will, writing down each detail given in the index.

2. Go to "Records" (below) to determine what probate records exist for this court.

3. Obtain the records to search. Use one of these methods to find indexes and records.

  • Contact or visit the Archive (see below) or hire a professional record searcher to view these records on your behalf.
  • Order microfilm copies of the indexes and records listed in the Family History Library Records (see section below) by visiting theFamily History Library or one of its family history centers and search indexes and records.


Online IndexesEdit

Indexes for 54 peculiar courts, 1383-1883, are available online on British Origins.

Printed and Published IndexesEdit

This is a subscription site. The Family History Library has a film copy of a calendar, 1663-1703, on film number 98916 item 4.


Archive LocationEdit

The records for this court are held in the Borthwick Institute of Historical Research.

Archive RecordsEdit

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Family History Library RecordsEdit

Original records, 1663-1703, on film number 99429 item 1. Films can be view in the library or in a family history center.

Holme begins with documents for ten different persons, followed by another calendar to this court but labeled "Withernwick from 1663-1703", and then the rest of the wills. The last will for Holme is for surname Maxwell in 1675.


Parish of Withernwick.