Court of the Peculiar of the Chancellor of York with the Prebendal Jurisdiction of Laughton en le Morthen

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A general explanation of probate records in England, is given in the article England Probate Records.Click to read definitions of the words peculiar and prebendal.


Probate is the legal court process by which the estate of a deceased person is distributed to his or her heirs. The term probate refers to a collection of documents, including wills, administrations (also called admons), inventories, and act books. The Church of England ecclesiastical courts had authority for this process until to 1858.

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Online Indexes

Indexes for 54 peculiar courts, 1383-1883, are available online on BritishOrigins. This is a subscription site.

Printed and Published Indexes


Archive Location

Records are  are housed in the Borthwick Institute of Historical Research

Archive Records

Original wills, bonds and inventories, 1548-1858.

Family History Library Records

 No records of this court have been filmed. 


Acklam near Malton, North and South Anston, Firbeck, Handsworth, Laughton en le Morthen, Letwell with Gildingwells, Thorpe Slavin, Throapham St. John, Wales (the parish of that name in the West Riding of Yorkshire), and Wawne. It was inhibited six months by Episcopal Visitation by the Chancery Court and the Visitational of Dean and Chapter.