Peculiar of the Court of the Dean and Chapter of Exeter

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England Gotoarrow.png Devon Gotoarrow.png Devonshire Probate Records

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Index to wills, copies and related papers [of the County of Devon], 1200-1900's,Church of England. Diocese of Exeter. Episcopal Principal Registry This is a card index to wills in private deposits, and to a small number of Diocesan wills which were never transferred to the Exeter Probate Office.
Notes : The jurisdiction is over all beneficed clergy in the Diocese, and all persons in the Diocese during inhibition of the Archdeaconries or having bona notabilia in more than one jurisdiction within the Diocese

Online Indexes

Indexes at the Family History Library

For an index at the Family History Library here's one for above court 1200-1900's.


Archive Location

Archive Records

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.

Family History Library Records

The library has records for other courts.

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


This court had primary jurisdiction over the following parishes.

Ashburton Colyton Kingskerswell St Marychurch
Bickington Culmstock Littleham cum Exmouth Staverton
Buckland in the Moor Dawlish Monkton Stoke Canon
Clyst Honiton East Teignmouth Salcombe Topsham
Coffinswell Heavitree Shute .
Colebrooke Ide Sidbury .