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About London & Middlesex Will Abstracts 1700-1704
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About the dataset
This dataset contains 2042 indexed abstracts to London and Middlesex wills from 1700-1704. These abstracts contain a complete summary of all details contained within each will, and include 31 detailed inventories.

They are all taken from original wills (as opposed to register copies) and cover the following courts: Archdeaconry Court of Middlesex, Archdeaconry Court of London, Commissary Court of London, Consistory Court of London and Peculiar Court of the Dean and Chapter of St Paul's Cathedral.
Where are the originals held?
These wills are full abstracts of the original wills and contain all the information given in the original probate material and the original documents are unlikely to give any additional information.

Copies of the original wills held at The London Metropolitan Archives (LMA). www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/lma

To purchase a copy of the will you need to contact LMA for an order form. Upon completing the form you will need to provide the key information given in the abstract. They will then advise you of the cost and payment methods etc.

Alternatively you can visit London Metropolitan Archives personally, details of opening hours etc can be found on their website.

What information from the document do I need to locate the original?
  • Testator's name
  • Place / Residence
  • Year / Date of will
Understanding the index
Which court or courts are included?
This dataset contains indexed abstracts to original wills proved in the Archdeaconry Court of Middlesex, Archdeaconry Court of London, Commissary Court of London, Consistory Court of London and Peculiar Court of the Dean and Chapter of St Paul's Cathedral

Which diocese is involved?
The city of London and county of Middlesex were in the Diocese of London.

What does the abstract include?
All names and places appearing in the original will (testators, executors, witnesses and beneficiaries) plus incidental information such as relationships, occupations, date of death / burial place and value of estate where found in the original documents are included in the transcript. In addition where an inventory survives it has also been listed in detail. Where this is on the will, the probate act (in Latin until 1733) has been abstracted (in English) as well.

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
Wherever there has been a subsequent annotation usually concerning where and when the testator died, and whether (s)he left more or less than £5 or £20 this has been included after the date of probate in angle brackets < >.
Last updated: 03 July 2012
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