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IN PROGRESS


Court of Requests: Book of ORDERS, FINAL ORDERS, DECREES, MEMORANDA (39/40 Eliz I Mich-41 Eliz I Trin)


This volume contains details of orders, decrees and memoranda of the Court of Requests, covering Michaelmas Term 39/40 Eliz I to Trinity Term 41 Eliz I(ie Oct 1597 - June 1599). For further information see The National Archives Catalogue and The National Archives Research Guide

Important Note: It should be noted that there is a gap between the end of volume 18 in this series (March 1596) and the start of this volume (October 1597). The numbering of the volumes has been added in pencil, probably in the 19th century when the books arrived at the Public Record Office, and it is therefore most likely that the gap is due to the loss of a volume prior to that. It may be that in due course some of this gap can be filled from the Draft Books, Vols REQ 1/47 & REQ 1/48.


Contents

Conventions used

It is important to recognise that this is NOT a transcript, but rather a list to assist in identifying appropriate entries.

Names

The formatting and spelling of names of plaintiffs and defendants follow the original, and [square brackets] are used to indicate cases where abbreviations have been expanded.

Dates

The modern form of dates is given. It should be noted that entries in the original are not always individually dated, however the sequential nature of the entries allows confidence in applying dates to individual rows in the table, which then allows the date to still be visible if rows have been sorted.

Notes/Comments

These have been added wherever it is felt that further information is available which would assist in identifying suits. These notes summarise, rather than transcribe. Most additional personal and place names encountered have been added to this column, except those of counsel, which are omitted. It should be noted that repetitive wording such as in the case of orders for dismissal 'unless complt (or deft) show good reason to the contrary' & similar, have been truncated to 'unless complt/deft show....'.

Guidance on locating images

Digital Images of this complete volume are freely available, but due to considerations of both space and time, direct links to each page image have not been inserted in the list, although the nature of the table does not preclude these being added at a later date.

This volume is fully paginated, which makes the identification of the images slightly easier than similar volumes in which the sequential numbering only applies to each folio.

The method used to access a particular image will depend upon whether it is an even numbered or odd numbered page:

  • Even numbers:
    • Go to the index of even numbered pages for this volume
    • To identify the required image, do not attempt to use the image numbers, but use the red markers which are inserted every 50th page for guidance.
  • Odd numbers:
    • Go to the index of odd numbered pages for this volume
    • To identify the required image, do not attempt to use the image numbers, but use the red markers which are inserted every 50th page for guidance.

Lists

Listings of the cases covered by this volume are available as follows:

  • Michaelmas Term 39/40 Eliz I, which are the first 170 pages of the volume, covering the dates 10 October to 18 December 1597. There are two consecutive chronological sequences, each covering the whole period of the Michaelmas Term. Pages 1 - 86 are generally short entries, comprising orders and memoranda, and appear to be recording straightforward court business, with little if any detail of the cause or the persons involved. Pages 87 - 170 start again at 11 October, and generally comprise more substantial entries of orders and decrees, often providing additional details of the cause and the persons involved.



  • Easter Term 40 Eliz I, covering pages 277 - 416


  • Trinity Term 40 Eliz I, covering pages 417 - 546


  • Michaelmas Term 40/41 Eliz I, covering pages 547 - 674


  • Hillary Term 41 Eliz I, covering pages 675 - 740


  • Easter Term 41 Eliz I, covering pages 741 - 836


  • Trinity Term 41 Eliz I, covering pages 837 - 916,