Episcopal Consistory Court of Exeter

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The Court of the Bishop of Exeter (Episcopal Consistory) had jurisdiction over the whole of the diocese when there was not "bona notabilia' within two or more subordinate courts, and 22 Cornish parishes which were peculiars of the Bishop. Virtually all the records of this court were destroyed in 1942.

Step By Step

1. First search each index (see below) to help you more quickly find the will or administration (admon), writing down each detail cited in the indexed entry.
2. Proceed to the "Records" (below) to determine what probate records exist for this court.
3. Contact or visit the Cornwall County Record Office or, hire a professional record searcher to view these records on your behalf. Officials may send upon request a list of record searchers.

4. Visit The Family History Library, or, one of its 4,500 satellite family history centers worldwide and search indexes to probate records. Then with the information obtained from the index[es] you can search more quickly the original wills and admons also on microfilm via any centers near you.


Online Indexes

Devon Wills online

Cornwall Wills online (see "Probate Records")

Printed and Published Indexes

Index to early Exeter wills 1286-1400

Calendars of wills and administrations of Devon and Cornwall : 1532-1800

Calendar of wills, administrations and accounts 1569-1799

Cornish probate records at Cornwall Record Office, 1800-1857


Archives Location

Devon Record Office Great Moor House
Bittern Road
Tel: +44 (0)1392 384253
+44 (0)1392 384256

Archive Records

Add information about the manuscript, printed and digital records in this location.

Abstracts of Testamentary, Administrations and Accounts of Administrators 1532-1857

Probate Inventories & Administration Papers 16th to 19th Century

Inventories 1531-1699 in Devon And Cornwall Record Society New Series vol 11

Family History Library Records

Wills and probate records, 1578-1700

Temerary (deceased estates) administrations, 1715-1838

Legacy causes, 1725-1829, 1693-1845

Original Wills, Administrations & Inventories 1579-1859

Account causes, 1668-1845


This court held jurisdiction over most of the parishes in the counties of Cornwall and Devon :

  • Elgoshayle
  • Falmouth
  • Landrake
  • Lawhitton
  • Lezant
  • Mylor
  • Padstow in Rure
  • St Anthony-in-Roseland
  • St Breock
  • Budock
  • St Erney
  • St Ervan
  • St Eval
  • St Germans
  • St Gerrans
  • St Gluvias
  • St Issey
  • Mabe
  • St Merryn
  • Little Petherick
  • South Petherwyn
  • Trewen
  • Bishops Tawton
  • Bishop's Teignton
  • Chudleigh
  • Crediton
  • Kennerleigh
  • Landkey
  • Marldon
  • Marchard Bishop
  • Paignton
  • Sandford
  • Stoke Gabriel
  • Swymbridge
  • West Teignton