Court of the Bishop of Gloucester (Episcopal Consistory)

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Gloucestershire Probate Records

Jurisdiction[edit | edit source]

This court had primary jurisdiction over the whole of Gloucestershire expect those parishes in the jurisdiction of the Court of the Bishop of Bristol and the three Peculiar Courts of Bibury, Bishop's Cleeve and Withington.  

Before 1541 all the county was in the Diocese of Worcester, except for the parishes beyond the Severn which were in the Diocese of Hereford.  The Diocese of Gloucester was formed in that year.  Wills for the years 1650-1660 may be found in the Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Records[edit | edit source]

The original records are deposited at the Gloucestershire Archives.  They include:

  • Original wills and administrations, 1541-1650, 1660-1858
  • Registered wills, 1667-1858
  • Registers of acts and administrations, 1570-1628, 1640-1650, 1668-1858
  • Inventories, 1587-1650, 1660-
  • A caveat book for 1723-1754

Records have been microfilmed and are available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and through family history centers.  They include:

Indexes[edit | edit source]

  • Handwritten indexes are included with the original records at the archives and on microfilm, as above.
  • The Gloucestershire Archives has an online index included in their Genealogical Database
  • Indexes to wills (1541-1650, 1660-1800) and administrations (1684-1800) have been printed by the British Index Library (FHL book 942 B4b, vols. 12 and 34).