CALENDAR OF WILLS, ADMINISTRATIONS AND ACCOUNTS RELATING TO THE COUNTIES OF CORNWALL AND DEVON
IN THE CONNOTORIAL ARCHDIACONAL COURT OF CORNWALL (1569-1699)
By R.M. Glencross
Transcribed by Richard Grylls
The Source (GLEN)
Glencross, R.M. Calendar of Wills, Administrations and Accounts relating to the Counties of Cornwall and Devon in the Connotorial Archdiaconal Court of Cornwall (1669-1699) (Index Library Vol. 56, British Record Society, 1929-32). For reasons that seem not to have been recorded all the wills and administrations that were proved or granted at Bodmin before the year 1600 were lost or destroyed a very long time ago. However, when Glencross compiled his calendar of wills proved up to 1699, he was able to consult lists that showed pre-1600 wills. He included these in his calendar, marking each lost will or administration with an asterisk. He also marked with an asterisk those post-1600 wills that had been lost.
DWP's editing process
Devon-related wills that are indicated as having been lost have been extracted from this volume. (Glencross's companion volume, Index Library Vo. 59, which covers 1700-1799, has been searched in vain for any such entries.)
Those items marked with an asterisk in Glencross's Calendar were examined for mentions of the parishes of North Petherwin, Werrington and St. Giles in the Heath, and any stray Devon parishes. The list so compiled was checked against another list, found at the Devon Heritage Centre, which showed Devon Wills proved in Cornwall. A few very minor discrepancies between the two lists were noted. Thus, our set of GLEN items includes a handful of items that either Glencross failed to mark with an asterisk or were omitted from the list at the Devon Heritage Centre.
The GLEN items provided here serve only to convey the information that such and such a person did in fact leave a will, now sadly lost. For all the post-1600 wills and administrations that have survived from the three parishes mentioned above, see the source CRO.
Locating the source and acquiring copies
Copies of Glencross's index are held by the Society of Genealogists, the LDS Family History Library, and a number of major reference libraries and various record offices. There are of course no original wills/administrations surviving of which copies could be made.