"Rutland (or Rutlandshire), inland County of England, bounded W. and N. by Leicestershire, NE. by Lincolnshire, and SE. by Northamptonshire; greatest length, N. and S., 18 miles; greatest breadth, E. and W., 17 miles; area, 94,889 acres, population 21,484. Rutland is the smallest county in England. The surface is diversified by gently rising hills and fine valleys, and is watered by the Eye Brook, the Chater, and the Gwash, flowing into the Welland, which forms the south-eastern boundary. The soil is in general loamy and fertile; in the east part it is chiefly in tillage, and in the west part under grass. The chief crops are wheat and barley. Great attention is paid to rearing choice breeds both of cattle and sheep. In the Vale of Catmose, round Oakham, are tracts of woodland, the remains of old forests. The prevailing rock is limestone. Rutland was made a county by Henry III., and gives the title of duke to the family of Manners. It contains 5 hundreds, 57 parishes and part of another, and the market-towns of Oakham (where the assizes are held) and Uppingham; it has no parliamentary or municipal boroughs. It is in the diocese of Peterborough. It returns 1 member to Parliament; it returned 2 members until 1885."

[Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles, 1887]


Archives & Libraries

Leicestershire Record Office
Long Street
Wigston Magna
LE18 2AH

Telephone:- U.K. 0116 257 1080, Overseas +44 116 257 1080
Fax:- U.K. 0116 257 1120, Overseas +44 116 257 1120


Church Records

Ted Wildy's UK Marriage witness index


Civil Registration

Certificates of birth, death and marriage can be obtained from the Superintendent Registrar at the following District Register Office:

If ordering from a District Office, please note the following: (a) the cost of a certificate is currently (2019) £11.00 - payable by debit/credit card; (b) the St Catherine's Index references are of no value; (c) for marriage certificates, the precise place of marriage must be given; (d) Civil Registration in England and Wales began on July 1st 1837.

Registration Districts in England and Wales (1837 - 1930), and Registration Districts in Rutland (1837 - 1930).



The late John Fuller provided full details of LEICESTERSHIRE-PLUS, the Genealogy Mailing List covering this county. This is but a small part of the data available on the "Genealogy Resources on the Internet" pages maintained by Linda Lambert and Megan Zurawicz.

Chris Phillips has compiled abstracts of Rutland Feet of Fines (land conveyancing) covering the years 1360-1509. They can be found at www.medievalgenealogy.org.uk/fines/rutland.shtml.