Catalogue description Home Office: Warrant Books, General Series

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Details of HO 38
Reference: HO 38
Title: Home Office: Warrant Books, General Series

The series begins with volume no. 40, dated 1782, and contains entries of warrants from the Home Office for changes of name and arms, denizations, licences to King's counsel to plead, appointments to offices, licences to accept and wear foreign orders, and for a variety of miscellaneous matters, such as commissions of enquiry, free pardons, licences to enter foreign service, the Sovereign's assent to royal marriages, admission of Poor Brothers of the Charterhouse, appointments of Naval and Military Knights of Windsor, engraving the Great Seal, etc.

There is a classified index in each of the numbered volumes in this series, ie HO 38/1-77, covering warrants issued until December 1953. Thereafter the only index is the separate one for 1962-1963: HO 38/81

Date: 1782-1969

Foreign order warrants issued between 1926 and 1967 are entered discretely in HO 38/84-93, arranged in order of the initial letter of the recipient's surname.

Separated material:

Volumes 1-39 will be found interspersed with other volumes in SP 44

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Physical description: 93 volume(s)
Closure status: Open Document, Open Description
Access conditions: Subject to 30 year closure unless otherwise stated

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