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From: "John Townsend" <>
Subject: Re: Where do I find 17th century wills for Dorsetshire?
Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2006 18:27:48 -0000
Shaftesbury was in the Archdeaconry Court of Dorset, while Motcombe fell in
a "Peculiar" Court. Indexes to the 16th and 17th century wills for those
courts were printed in Vols. 22 and 53 of the British Record Society (1900,
1922), so the most pragmatic course of action seems to be to get access to
copies of those volumes. If you find mention in the indexes of wills which
are of interest, you could then obtain copies from the appropriate record
office, depending on the court.
I'm afraid I don't understand the allusion to the Bishop's Transcripts,
which would not normally contain mentions of wills.