Court of the Peculiar of the Prebend of Bilton

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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 British Origins. This is a subscription site.

Printed and Published Indexes


Archive Location Records are housed in the Borthwick Institute in York.

Archive Records

No records have been filmed for this court. Wills, bonds and inventories, 1549-1849, are housed in the Borthwick Institute.

Family History Library Records


This court had jurisdiction over Bilton in Ainsty.