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Wills in the York Registry 1666-1672
Yorkshire Archaelogical Society volume 60
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About the index
This index, covering the Registers of York Wills numbered 48 to 53, both inclusive, the corresponding Acts, and the extant documents of certain Peculiars, containing about 9,800 references.
This volume contains the following:
- Wills, proved in the Exchequer and Prerogative Courts 1666- 1672
- Administration Acts and Probate acts (when the will is unregistered) 1666- 1672. The Act Books for the Ainsty, City and Craven deaneries, which are missing from 1641, recommence in 1668, during the period covered by this volume.
- THE PECULIARS.
- The Peculiar of Aldborough, par. of St. John, Stanwick Manor Court 1610 - 1700.
- The Peculiar of the Provost of St. John's, Beverley 1539-1552. The jurisdiction of the provost extended over places in Beverley and in the parishes of Bilton in Holderness, Brandsburton, Burton Pidsea, Cherry or North Burton, Drypool, Foston (nr. Driffield), Gatehelmsley, Leckonfield, Leven, Lowthorpe, Middleton on the Wolds, Ottringham, Pattrington, Routh, Ruston, Scorborough, Sigglesthorne, South Dalton, Walkington, Welwick and Wetwang.
- The Archbishop's Peculiar of Hexham and Hexhamshire 1593-1602. The jurisdiction of the Archbishop in this peculiar extended over the parishes of Hexham, Allendale, St. John Lee, St. Oswald, and St. Mary, Bingfield.
- The Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of York 1336-1343 and 1352-1429. Nearly all the testators belonged to the parish of Bishophill, the younger, which included Copmanthorpe, but Aldborough (W.R.), Hessle, and All Saints, North Street, Badgergate, Holgate, and St. Crux, Pavement, in York
- The Peculiar of St. Leonard's Hospital, York 1410-1533. The jurisdiction apparently extended over places in the following parishes, Carnaby, North and South Cave, Hotham and Nunburnholme in the East Riding; Burniston, Kirkby, Newton on Ouse, Overhelmsley, Pickhill and Topcliffe in the North Riding; Gisburn, Rufforth and Saxton in the West Riding; and All Saints, North Street, St. Hellen's, Stonegate, St. Giles, Gillygate, and St. Lawrence in the city of York. But a very large proportion of the business of the peculiar emanated from the parish of Newton on Ouse.
Locating the original documents
Where are the originals held?
The original wills and administrations are now held at The Borthwick Institute York
. Full details on ordering copies of the original documents (including cost) can be found at: www.york.ac.uk/library/borthwick/copying/remote-copy-services/
What information from the document do I need to locate the original?
- Testator's name
- Year of will
Understanding the index
Which court or courts are included?
This volume is an index to:
Which diocese is involved?
- Wills proved in the Exchequer and Prerogative Courts (PCY) 1666-1672.
- The Peculiar of Aldborough, par. of St. John, Stanwick Manor Court 1610-1700.
- The Peculiar of the Provost of St. John's, Beverley 1539-1552.
- The Archbishop's Peculiar of Hexham and Hexhamshire 1593-1602.
- The Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of York 1336-1343 and 1352-1429.
- The Peculiar of St. Leonard's Hospital, York 1410-1533.
These courts were found within the Diocese of York.
There was by law only one probate court in England and Wales from 1653 to 1660, and that was the Prerogative Court in London. During the civil war and after, the activities of the probate courts of the Church of England were interrupted, thus wills for the time period 1649-1660 will be found indexed amongst those of the PCC. Those relating to Yorkshire people are indexed in YAS volume 1, Yorkshire Wills at Somerset House 1649-1660
What does the index include?
appearing in the will plus incidental information such as occupation where found in the original documents are included in the index.
are arranged alphabetically. This means some name variants may not appear clustered together. Names in the index are according to the spelling used in the documents, usually based on the signaturee of the testator.
are given in 'Old Style' or Julian Calendar.
The folio number
identifies the group of pages, anywhere from 2 to 16, within which the will's first page appears.