Transcription of Parish Registers in 1602

Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol. VII, (1912-1913), Exeter: James G. Commin. 1913, pp. 107-8.


J. F. Chanter

Prepared by Michael Steer

The Note is in response to a query from J Hambley-Rowe that appears in page 63 of volume 7 and provides information from the registers of parishes that are within a twenty mile radius of Ilfracome. The article, from a copy of a rare and much sought-after journal can be downloaded from the Internet Archive. Google has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. These books, on which copyright has expired, are available for free educational and research use, both as individual books and as full collections to aid researchers.

Note 75. Transcription of Parish Registers in 1602 (VII. , par. 36, p. 63). - Being well acquainted with every parish register within a radius of twenty miles of Ilfracombe, I can, I think, definitely answer this query. None of them, except those of Ilfracombe, were transcribed by George Milton, and he was not a professional transcriber of registers who went about from parish to parish transcribing the earliest entries from paper to parchment. George Milton was in all probability the parish clerk of Ilfracombe.

The transcripts were made either by the curate, the parish clerk, or a clerk to a local legal practitioner in nearly every case, and often there are notes in the registers giving full particulars of the transcriber and the transcription.

In the Georgeham Register there is the note: - "This boocke was begunne to be new written the xi day of October and finished the xxiith of the same month by me Thomas Macye curate of the parishe of Georgeham. Det Christus studiis vela secunda meis."

In Braunton Register there is the note:  “This copye of the Register booke of the p'ish of Brannton was written by Robert Score the Clarck of Braunton."

Lynton Registers were transcribed by Hugh Lewis, the curate.

These extracts will, I think, give Dr. Hambley Rowe full information on the point he has raised.

                                               J.F. CHANTER