Transcripts of various documents relating to Guernsey between the 15th and 19th centuries

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 206 MS 587
  • Dates of Creation
      ca. 1821
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
      Guernsey French
  • Physical Description
      1 folio vol. (117 pp.), held in a box; manuscript and two press cuttings.  The volume is mispaginated, lacking pp. 61-65 inclusive, but there is no hiatus in the text. Probably written in a single neat hand. There is marbling on both outside covers, which are damaged and loose.

Scope and Content

Comprises: (1) L'Extente du roi....en l'isle de Guernsey....1498; (2) Le Devoir et autorit de tous etts de cette dite Isle de Guernsey [and] Le precepte de l'assize....1441: (3) Charter of Queen Elizabeth I, 1560; (4) Charter of King Charles II, 1680; (5) Lists of baillifs and rents to 1821; and (6) 2 press cuttings concerning Guernsey inserted in the volume, dated 'Mars' and 'Mai 1818' respectively.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Bailiwick of Guernsey is part of the British Isles, but not part of the United Kingdom in terms of legal jurisdiction. The common law of Guernsey derives, with some modifications, from the customary law of Normandy. The jurats are local men, elected by the States of Guernsey, to serve as a permanent jury in the Royal Court, under the presidency of the Bailiff.

Access Information

Access is unrestricted.

Acquisition Information

Presented by Prof. Le Patourel's widow, November 1981.


In Guernsey French.

Custodial History

Given to Prof. J. Le Patourel by Advocate J.E.L. Martel, September 1950.