Catalogue description High Court of Admiralty: Prize Court: Prize Papers

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Details of HCA 32
Reference: HCA 32
Title: High Court of Admiralty: Prize Court: Prize Papers
Date: 1592-1855
Arrangement:

The High Court of Admiralty Prize Court only existed in wartime, being revived by commission as needed. As a result, the papers are largely arranged by war as follows:-

  • the Anglo-Spanish War, 1st Anglo-Dutch War, 2nd Anglo-Dutch War, 3rd Anglo-Dutch War;
  • the Nine Years War;
  • the War of the Spanish Succession, and the War of the Quadripartite Alliance;
  • the War of the Austrian Succession;
  • the Seven Years War;
  • the War of American Independence / American Revolutionary War and the 4th Anglo-Dutch War: uniquely, these include the case papers for prize cases handled by the British New York Vice-Admiralty Court;
  • the French Revolutionary War;
  • the Napoleonic War and the War of 1812;
  • the War of 1815.

Prize Papers for the Crimean War / Russian War are in HCA 33.

Digitisation in the Prize Papers Project will start with the the War of the Austrian Succession, where the papers have been newly catalogued by TNA in 2018-2021.

Sorting and cataloguing is taking place on the Anglo-Spanish War, 1st Anglo-Dutch War, 2nd Anglo-Dutch War, 3rd Anglo-Dutch War and the Nine Years War.

An interim project to identify only the details of captures in the the War of American Independence / American Revolutionary War and the 4th Anglo-Dutch War is taking place, supported by the William Nelson Cromwell Foundation.

Related material:

additional finding aid ZBOX 1/91

additional finding aid ZBOX 1/92/2

additional finding aid ZBOX 1/92/1

Separated material:

HCA 30 for more mail in transit

Miscellaneous objects, artefacts and documents have been transferred from this and other series to HCA 65

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Creator:

High Court of Admiralty, Prize Court, 1660-1875

Physical description: 1849 bundles and volumes
Access conditions: Available in original form unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:

Pieces 1-1820 were transferred between 1856 and 1864, as specified here. It is not known exactly when pieces 1821 to 1846 were transferred, but piece 1847 came from Unsorted Miscellanea in 1981. Between June 1856 and March 1857 (HCA 32/1-1345 only). Tower of London

Pieces 1-1820 were transferred between 1856 and 1864, as specified here. It is not known exactly when pieces 1821 to 1846 were transferred, but piece 1847 came from Unsorted Miscellanea in 1981. 1863-1864 (pieces 1346 to 1820). High Court of Admiralty

Pieces 1-1820 were transferred between 1856 and 1864, as specified here. It is not known exactly when pieces 1821 to 1846 were transferred, but piece 1847 came from Unsorted Miscellanea in 1981.

Publication note:

Amanda Bevan and Randolph Cock, 'High Court of Admiralty prize papers, 1652-1815: Challenges in improving access to older records', Archives, Autumn 2018

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