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National Library of Wales
Llandaf Probate Records

Reference code(s): GB 0210 PROBLL

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Welsh Probate Records, Diocese of Llandaf

Short Title: Llandaf Probate Records

Creation date(s): 1568-1857

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 34,602 items, 35 vols

Name of creator(s): Church of England. Diocese of LLandaf


Administrative/Biographical history: In England and Wales prior to 12 January 1858, wills were proved and letters of administration granted in ecclesiastical courts, each having its own area of jurisdiction. Which court had jurisdiction in a particular case depended mainly on the place of death and the extent and location of the deceased's estate. The Consistory Court of Llandaf was responsible for probate and administration in the counties of Monmouth and Glamorgan (except for parishes in the Deanery of Gower). It appears that this court continued to function to some extent during the Commonwealth period and a small number of wills were proved there between 1655 and 1659. In 1858 the responsiblity for probate was transferred from the ecclesiastical courts to a simpler system of civil probate registries.


Scope and content/abstract: 34,602 original wills, inventories, administration bonds and miscellaneous other probate records, 1568-1857, from parishes in Monmouthshire and Glamorgan (except for the Gower peninsula), and stray documents from elsewhere in Wales, England and overseas; and 35 vols register copy wills, 1695-1844.


Language/scripts of material: English, small proportion of Welsh and small proportion of Latin pre-1733.

System of arrangement: Divided into original probate records arranged chronologically within the diocese, and further sub-divided by parish and surname; and register copy wills arranged chronologically by volume.

Conditions governing access: Public records. Some items unfit for production.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright laws apply.

Physical characteristics: Some items damaged.

Finding aids: For searches of original probate records: NLW, full catalogue online, or A2A website; and hard copies of the unpublished Llandaf Probate Indexes, 1568-1699, 1700-1752, 1753-1858. Abstracts and Indexes of Original Wills, Llandaf Diocese, are available on microfiche, compiled by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Manuscript indexes, 1575-1857, and Act books, 1692-1858, may supply details where original documents do not survive. For register copy wills: NLW, integral idexes to volumes. Hard copies of the NLW indexes to original pre-1858 wills of the Diocese of Llandaf are held by Glamorgan Record Office, Gwent Record Office, The Family Records Centre and the Society of Genealogists, London. N.B. For best results in personal name searches, possible alternative spellings of each name should be considered.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history: In 1858 the earlier probate records from the Consistory Court were transferred to the District Probate Registry at Llandaf They were conveyed thence to the National Library of Wales in 1945, in accordance with the Direction of the President of the Probate Division of the High Court of Justice.

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by Llandaf District Probate Registry in 1945.


Related material: Register copy wills of the District Probate Registry of Llandaf, 1858-1940, are held by NLW and by the Principal Registry of the Family Division, London. Some wills and administrations are included in the consistory court papers filed with the diocesan records of the Church in Wales, held at NLW. Other sources of probate records from Wales are the records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC) and those of the Court of Civil Commission, available for consultation at the National Archives, Kew.


Note: Title derived from content of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Hilary A. Peters for the ANW project from the following sources: NLW, unpublished Llandaf Probate Indexes, 1568-1857; NLW, information leaflet Probate Records in the National Library of Wales (1993).

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: June 2006

Church of England. | Diocese of Llandaff. | Consistory Court | Archives
Ecclesiastical courts | Wales | Llandaf | Archives
Probate records | Wales | Glamorgan
Probate records | Wales | Monmouthshire

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