Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills

When someone had property in both the Northern Province (the Archdiocese of York) and in the Southern Province (Archdiocese of Canterbury) then two probates of his will needed to be taken out from the two prerogative Courts, limited over the goods and chattels in each respective province.

Bear in mind that this did not mean that the testator had land in both provinces, as the church courts only had jurisdiction over personal estate, not real estate, i.e only over goods and chattels, money etc.

One of the reasons for double probate often came about because the testator had shares (for example, in canal companies or railways), or held funds in the Bank of England, as it was the address of the head office of the company the testator held shares in, or the address of the Bank of England, that determined if the testator held property in the Southern Province as well as the North.

I have searched the indexes of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC) and found the following probates relating to Ellerton. In theory, all these probates should have a matching probate in the Prerogative Court of York.

All these documents can be downloaded, for a fee, from the Documents Online website.

Name Place Date Reference
Ellin Blanshard Widow of Ellerton 27 May 1658 PROB 11/276/469
Christopher Blansheard of Ellerton 23 August 1658 PROB 11/280/278
Sir George Butler of Ellerton 08 July 1657 PROB 11/266/414
John Duffeld of Ellerton 28 September 1653 PROB 11/226/5