Royal Peculiar Court of St Katherine's by the Tower

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Step By Step

1. First search each index (see below) to help you more quickly find the will, writing down each detail cited in the indexed entry.
2. Proceed to the "Probate Records of This Court" (below) to determine what original probate records exist for this court.
3. Contact or visit the Principal Probate Registry or, hire a professional record searcher to view these records on your behalf. Officials may send upon request a list of record searchers.
4. Visit The Family History Library, or, one of its 4,500 satellite family history centers worldwide and search indexes to this probate court's records; then with the information obtained from the index[es] you can search more quickly the original wills and admons also on microfilm via any family history centers near you.

Archives Location

Guildhall Library

London EC2V 7HH

Tel (020) 7332 1862 / (020) 7332 1863

'Textphone (020) 7332 3803'


Probate Records Held in This Archive

Wills 1729-1800

Calendars 1698-1803

Powers of Attorney & Original Wills 1690-1710

Book in Testamentary Causes 1583-1584

Probate Records of This Court in The Family History Library

Wills 1729-1800

Calendars 1698-1803

Powers of Attorney & Original Wills 1690-1710

Book in Testmantary Causes 1583-1584

Historical Background

London had a small peculiar jurisdiction granted to an important church within diocese of London which claimed immunity from the bishop’s jurisdiction. Called a Royal Peculiar, St Katherine's by The Tower [of London] claimed exemption from all jurisdictions except that of the sovereign. It lies immediately east of the City of London but is considered to be in the county of Middlesex, even with its close proximty next to the city proper.

Probate records of the Royal Peculiar Court St Katherine's by the Tower held jurisdiction over its own premises, including St Katherine's Hospital.

Records of these probates--includes original as well as registered wills. These records date from as early as 1698.  

Strategies, Tips, Other?

There are some indexes for this court. See the above general countywide indexes online (see "online Indexes) and possible other indexes available.

To view a list of parishes and their respective probate court jurisdiction, see the "London Parishes and Their Probate Jurisdictions" on the main page for London Probate Records.