Catalogue description Privy Council and Privy Council Office: Miscellaneous Unbound Papers

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Reference: PC 1
Title: Privy Council and Privy Council Office: Miscellaneous Unbound Papers

Miscellaneous papers of the Privy Council and Privy Council Office. There is little material from before the 1680s.

The subjects dealt with include: Admiralty matters, Admiralty Courts, jurisdiction and prize appeals; the death, funeral and will of Queen Anne; burial boards; the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man; charters to boroughs, companies, universities, etc; colonies; commissions; coronations; corresponding societies; ecclesiastical matters; Irish parliamentary bills, military and naval stores, museums; polling places, prisoners and convicts; public health and quarantine; returns of Roman Catholics taking oaths; schools; sheriffs; trade, embargo and neutral property; and universities.

The series also contains some separate sub-series of papers of other bodies or persons. Prior to 1800 there are separate sub-series for colonial and non-colonial papers. The colonial papers especially pertain to the Americas and West Indies and the non-colonial papers to the Revolutionary France.

While many of the records are unbound papers there are also books, papers bound into volumes, files, rolls, printed material and pro forma. There are also many document types, including appeals; petitions; memorials; general correspondence, letter books and memoranda; despatches; registers; commissions; minutes; reports; orders, including orders in council; acts and bills; ordinances; proclamations; licences; instructions and regulations; lists; returns; precedents, legal opinions and other types of legal document; and maps.

Digital images of some of the records in this series are available through the Anglo-American Legal Tradition website. Please note that The National Archives is not responsible for this website or its content.

Date: 1481-1946

Over the years the series had been subject to much re-arrangement and re-cataloguing. It contains several discrete collections of records, and several different arrangements, and subsequently, different document ordering formats. Sections of the series have a catalogue in French only.

Related material:

Irish parliamentary bills will also be found in C 86

Separated material:

Some early material was destroyed in a fire in 1698.

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English and French
Physical description: 4574 bundle(s)
Access conditions: Open
Immediate source of acquisition:

From 1875 Privy Council Office

Custodial history: A first accession came to the Public Record Office in 1875. These records were taken back to the Privy Council Office in 1892 and returned to the Public Record Office, presumably with the remainder of the series, in 1916.
Unpublished finding aids:

For further details see the former introductory note to this series, available in the reading rooms at The National Archives, Kew.

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