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About Lancashire Wills at Richmond Index 1457-1812
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About the collection
The following Lancashire & Cheshire Record Society volumes are included:
  • Volume 10 - Index to wills proved in the western deaneries of the Archdeaconry of Richmond 1457-1680, plus index to abstracts (summary) of wills 1531-1652 proved in the Archdeaconry of Richmond (mainly deanery of Amounderness) where the original wills no longer survive. Published 1884.
  • Volume 13 - Index to Wills proved in the western deaneries of the Archdeaconry of Richmond 1681-1748. Published 1886.
  • Volume 23 - Index to Wills proved in the western deaneries of the Archdeaconry of Richmond 1748-1792, and the peculiar of the Manor of Halton 1615-1792. Published 1891.
  • Volume 66 - Index to Wills proved in the western deaneries of the Archdeaconry of Richmond, and the peculiar of the Manor of Halton 1793-1812. Published 1913.
The Archdeaconry of Richmond comprised that part of Lancashire north of the River Ribble, and parts of Cumberland, Westmorland and Yorkshire. It was further subdivided into deaneries. Boroughbridge, Catterick and Richmond (the eastern deaneries). The western deaneries, which are either wholly or partly in Lancashire, comprise Amounderness, Copeland, Furness, Kendal and Lonsdale. It is wills from these western deaneries which are indexed here.
Locating the originals
Where are the originals held?
The majority of the original wills held at Lancashire Record Office archivecat.lancashire.gov.uk. See also reference below to The British Library.

To obtain copies contact Lancashire Record Office by letter, fax or e-mail, giving full details and references. Exact references can be located by searching their online catalogue, archivecat.lancashire.gov.uk, using the information found within Origins index. A detailed quotation (of cost) and copyright form will then be sent to you.

Alternatively you can visit Lancashire Record Office personally, details of opening hours etc can be found on their website. Additionally FamilySearch www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog has filmed the majority of these probate documents, a microfilm copy of which can be ordered and viewed via your local FamilySearch Family History Center. www.familysearch.org/eng/Library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp

The British Library holds abstracts (summary) of wills 1531-1652 proved in the Archdeaconry of Richmond (mainly deanery of Amounderness). These are listed in the index in Italics, sadly the original wills relating to these abstracts have not survived. For more details about contacting or visiting the British Library - www.bl.uk.

What information from the document do I need to locate the original?
  • Testator's name
  • Place / Residence
  • Year / date of will
  • Deanery in which the will was filed.
Understanding the index
Which court or courts are included?
These indexes are to wills proved in the western deaneries of the Archdeaconry of Richmond 1457-1812. Volume 23 and 66 also have indexes to wills proved in the peculiar of the Manor of Halton 1615-1812.

Which diocese is involved?
The Archdeaconry of Richmond and the peculiar of the Manor of Halton were part of the diocese of Chester.

What does the index include?
The index includes testator's name, place of residence, year/date of will and deanery in which the will was filed.

Names 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.

Dates are given in 'Old Style' or Julian Calendar.

Notes and Abbreviations used in the index
  • Supra wills; where the deceased's estate was valued at over £40.
  • Infra wills; where the deceased's estate was valued at less than £40.
  • The words in square brackets [ ] are not in the original MS.
  • Names etc appearing in the index in Italics refer to the will abstracts now held at the British Library.
  • In the case of two names a double entry has been made, so that Atkinson alias Travers will appear under Atkinson and Travers.
  • In cases of variety of spelling, cross references have been inserted where possible, but it is not always easy to determine if the same name is intended.
Abbreviation Meaning
INV Means inventory, and is only inserted where no will or administration survives. Where there is a will the inventory or document is not named.
ADMON Means an Administration Bond but no will.
ACCT means Account given by Executors or Administrators.
TUON or CURON BOND Means a Bond given for the guardianship of the infant children of the deceased.
A,F,K,L At the end of the description indicates the deanery in which the wills are filed.
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