Registrar of the High Court of Delegates, and Registrar of Ecclesiastical and Admiralty Causes of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council: Testamentary Exhibits
Testamentary exhibits in testamentary causes preserved by the registrar of the High Court of Delegates, and from 1833 the registrar of the ecclesiastical and Admiralty causes of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (otherwise in PCAP).
The majority of the exhibits are original wills signed and sealed by the testators. They are accompanied by various other types of exhibits, including affidavits by witnesses and executors as to the authenticity of wills, proxies appointing proctors to act for parties to the cause, commissions to swear executors, and administration bonds.
It is clear from DEL 11/1 that DEL 10/1-186 were originally kept in eight bundles. DEL 10/1-105 had been formed into four bundles by 1744, DEL 10/106-160 were listed as forming two further bundles in the nineteenth century, and an annotation at the end of DEL 11/1 (in the hand of G R Rodman, an official of the Principal Probate Registry) makes it clear that DEL 10/161-186 were kept in two further bundles. DEL 10/1-160 may have been numbered 1-160 circa 1849 when DEL 11/3 was compiled. Rodman also annotated some of the documents in DEL 10 and the wrappers placed around them. His annotation on DEL 10/161, no 8, is dated July 1886.
Documents are dated by the date they were created and not the date of exhibition, which might be many years later. However, information which was endorsed on the documents or written on their covers has been recorded. This information may include the date of exhibition, the name of the cause in which it was exhibited, and the date of sentence or probate in the court of first instance, or the date of probate or sentence in the High Court of Delegates or the Judicial Committee.
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