Court of the Peculiar of Brightone
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Location of These Probate Records
Hampshire Record Office
Archives and Local Studies
Hampshire SO23 8TH
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The Court of the Peculiar of Brighstone held jurisdiction over the parish of Brighstone (Isle of Wight). When a search of this courts’ probate records fails to provide the desired probate record, be sure to search both the Consistory and Archdeaconry Courts of Winchester as well as the Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
You can also visit The Family History Library, or, one of its 4,500 satellite family history centers worldwide and search indexes (see the Family History Library's cataloged entries providing the microfilms so you can have them circulated to the center near you for searching the wills). The information obtained from the index[es] will help you more quickly search the wills and admons which can also be circulated on microfilm via any family history.
Surviving wills and admons to the Court of the Peculiar of Brighstone (Isle of Wight) have been mostly indexed with the following ones:
Printed and Published Indexes
Here is an online index from 1500's-1857. This is a mostly complete listing of wills for this time period, and can be very helpful to those searching Hampshire probate records--including its peculiar courts.
Original Handwritten Indexes
There is an index (manuscript) from 1563 to 1668 for Brighston held at the Hampshire Record Office covering most if not all wills in this peculiar court's jurisdiction.
Microfilmed Indexes at the Family History Library<br>
The indexes as listed in the above are also available in the collection of The Family History Library and they are on microfilm and may be circulated to each of its satellite Family History Centers worldwide.
The Family History Library has a comprehensive microfilmed [index Cards] of probate records which pertain to each of Hampshire's peculiar probate courts--including Brighstone for the years of this peculiar court's jurisdiction from 1563 to 1668.
The Hampshire Record Office also has a type manuscript index covering the early Brighstone (Isle of Wight) 1563-1668; see the next section below.
Searching for probates in this court.
ORIGINAL WILLS 1563-1668
Strategies, Tips, Other?
See the above Indexes or those available through the Family History Library or its many family history centers worldwide for an index to this court.
The administrations (admons) for this "peculiar" probate court were processed and granted through the [Consistory Court] of Winchester.
To view a list of parishes and their respective probate court jurisdiction, see the "Hampshire Parishes and Their Probate Jurisdictions" on the main page for Hampshire Probate Records.