High Court of Delegates

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The High Court of Delegates was originally the Court of Appeal from the Prerogative Courts of Canterbury and York, and also from the Irish Probate Courts. 


  • The Genealogist magazine has compiled an index in vols. 11 (pages 165-171, 224-227) and 12 (pages 97-101) covering the years from 1651-1857.  See the reference above.


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The Court of Delegates, or High Court of Delegates, was a court of appeals from the Court of Arches (Province of Canterbury) and the Court of Chancery (Province of York), including their peculiars, royal peculiars, and the Irish probate courts. "It was so called because the Judges were delegated for each prticular case...  The High Court of Delegates was abolished in 1832 when the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council was established  ...Wills [continued to be] proved before the latter body until the creation of the Court of Probate [1857]."[1]  Read more in The High Court of Delegates by G.I.O Duncan. Select pages from the book are on Google Books.

  1. Harwood. H. W. Forsyth, ed. "The Genealogist." (Family History Library book 942 B2gqm, N.S. vol. 11, pages 165-171, 224-227; vol. 12, pages 97-101.)