Abstracts and Indices of Wills, 1564-1858

Scope and Content

Microfiche copies, [20th century], of abstracts and indices of wills of St Davids Consistory Court (1564-1858), held at National Library of Wales.

Administrative / Biographical History

Until 1858 wills were proved in diocesan Consistory Courts. St Davids Consistory Court had probate jurisdiction over Pembrokeshire, Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire, and the deanery of Gower in Glamorgan. The Court proved the wills of testators whose property lay entirely within the diocese; wills relating to two or more dioceses were proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. In 1858, responsibility for proving wills passed to the State.


Arranged into the following: abstracts; abstracts misc. set; indices to abstracts; indices to copy wills; misc. indices.

Access Information

No restrictions

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Mr M. Bell, CJCLDS, Family History Department, 751 Warwick Road, Solihull, West Midlands B91 2DQ, 1989.


Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Pembrokeshire Record Office, Abstracts and Indices of Wills, 1564-1858, catalogue; Hey, David, The Oxford Dictionary of Local and Family History (Oxford, 1997); National Library of Wales website (), viewed 17 June 2005.

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Pembrokeshire Record Office.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply

Appraisal Information

All records have been retained


Accruals are not expected

Location of Originals

The records of St Davids Consistory Court are at the National Library of Wales.