Selected case papers and letters of administration (to 1857), relating to estates, etc, administered by the Treasury Solicitor and HM Procurator General after the property has became bona vacantia owing to the owner's dying intestate, or testate without disposing of the residue of his estate, or without being survived by a lawful heir. Papers relating to the property in this country of dissolved companies and trusts which have failed or have been determined, are also included.
Some of the case papers deal with policy questions affecting bona vacantia, rather than individual cases. Some files concerning letters of administration contain only the jury summons.
Most of the papers concern twentieth century cases, but there are a few for the nineteenth century.