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England and Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1640-1660
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Record Description
Record Type Wills
Collection years 1640-1660
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Registered copies of wills from the Prerogative Court of Canterbury from 1640-1660. Wills may contain the following: name, date, residence, death date, and beneficiaries. The original records are held at the National Archives, series PROB 11.

The Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC) was the most important pre-1858 probate court. It had both original and appellate jurisdiction throughout England and Wales. Because of its central location and security afforded by being the court of the Archbishop of Canterbury it was popular among the upper classes. In 1653-1660 the Commonwealth experimented with a single, civil probate court for the entire country for which records were retained by the PCC. The PCC also held jurisdiction over citizens abroad who still held property in England or Wales when they died giving their emigration information.

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  • Name
  • Date
  • Beneficiaries
  • Place

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