RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
LevelFile
Alt Ref NoMS 691
Extentiv, 138 ff.
TitlePRECEDENT BOOK, ARCHBISHOPRIC OF CANTERBURY
Datec.1616-c.1623
Description A book containing copies of legal documents relating to the courts and administration of the Archbishop of Canterbury in the time of George Abbot, Archbishop of Canterbury 1610-1633. The documents derive especially from the Court of Arches, the Court of Audience, and the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, and from the work of the Vicar General of Canterbury. Included are appeals, allegations, libels, monitions, sentences,excommunications, letters dimissory, testimonials, licences (for marriage, to practise medicine etc), collations, institutions and many other forms of documents. Many were issued by Sir Daniel Dun, or Sir Daniel Donne (1545-1617) and Sir William Bird (c.1560-1624) as Officials Principal of the Court of Arches. The documents appear to have been collected to serve as forms and precedents and often omit the full names of the parties involved as well as the dates of the documents. The dated items are between 1616 and 1623.

ff. i-iv. blank, except for a name 'Charles Seller' scribbled at f. i recto. He may be the Charles Seller who is recorded in April 1626 as a proctor in the Court of Arches and notary public (Reg. Abbot, 2, f. 212). The National Archives (SP 16/211/65) has a brief summary of an examination of Seller 22 February 1632.
ff. 1-126v. Documents.
f. 127. blank.
ff. 128r-136r. 'Index rerum quae in hoc libro continentur sequitur ...'. An index by type of document.
ff. 136v-138v. blank.
LanguageLatin
FindingAidsNew description by Richard Palmer, 2011.
For a fuller description of the individual documents, see Todd catalogue revision (LR/G/1-2).
PhysicalDescriptionLimp vellum binding, 310 x 205 mm.
Paper leaves.
CustodialHistoryMSS. 691 and 712 are similar volumes, probably consecutive though written in different hands. Both are recorded, with the same location, in the catalogue of the personal library of Thomas Tenison, Archbishop of Canterbury 1695-1715: 'Abbot's (A.B.) Collectio instrumentorum, fol. MS' and 'Chartarum ad AEp. Cant. spectantium exemplificatio, fol' (LR/F/16, ff. 2r, 69r).
Both are recorded amongst the manuscripts of Archbishop Tenison in David Wilkins' catalogue of the Lambeth manuscripts dated 1720 (LR/F/40).
RelatedMaterialMS. 712

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CodeNameDates
164Province of Canterbury; Court of Arches
36Abbot; George (1562-1633); Archbishop of Canterbury1562-1633
GB/109/14862Dun; Sir; Daniel (1545-1617); ecclesiastical lawyer1545-1617
GB/109/19668Bird; Sir; William (c.1560-1624); civil lawyerc.1560-1624
NA2886Province of Canterbury; Court of Audience
NA2926Province of Canterbury; Prerogative Court of Canterbury; -1858-1858
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