The Wills and Administrations
Registered in the Episcopal Registers of the Bishops of Lincoln,
1320-1547. See pages v, vi, 1-17. The diocese of Lincoln
at that time included the counties of Lincoln, Leicester,
Northampton, Rutland, Bedford, Buckingham, Huntingdon, Hertford
(part), and Oxford. Abstracts of these wills and administrations
were printed by the late Alfred Gibbons in Early Lincoln
Wills (Lincoln, 1888). Mr. Gibbons, however, did not include
the numerous commissions for probate of unregistered wills,
nor are these commissions included in the Society's calendar.
The episcopal registers are kept in the Diocesan Registry.
Miscellaneous Wills in the Episcopal (or Diocesan) Registry, 1489-1588. See pages vii, viii, 18-28. These documents were in 1904 transferred to the Lincoln District Probate Registry.
The Consistory Court of Lincoln, Wills 1506-1600. See pages ix, 29-349. Under this comprehensive title are included the Consistory and Commissary Courts of the Bishop in the archdeaconry of Lincoln, the Chancellor's Court, and the court of the Archdeacon of Lincoln whose jurisdiction covered the whole of the county of Lincoln except the north-west quarter which formed the archdeaconry of Stow. This collection is hereinafter referred to as "the Consistory Court". In this, the chief collection of wills, wills from the other counties in the ancient diocese are occasionally included, but the bulk of these foreign or outside wills are to be found at Leicester, Northampton, Peterborough, Oxford, and Somerset House.
Adobe Reader is available free from the Adobe Reader download page