This is the first of a three volume series dealing with the history of the diocese of Lincoln during the first half of the fifteenth century. Episcopal registers during this period are as a rule not rich in material. Bishop’s clerks had the precedents which they wanted in earlier registers, and, while they still recorded such formal business of the see as was necessary for the purposes of future reference, there was no longer the same need to leave casual letters as epistolary models for their predecessors. This aspect of an Episcopal register is often forgotten. Such a volume is not a journal or material for a biography; it is a collection of common forms and useful memoranda. This accounts for the omission from a register of much which would certainly have been included had the compilers done their work with a view to the researches of future historians. The volumes embrace every document of importance which deals with the affairs of religious houses in the registers of Bishops Flemyng and Gray. One or two specimens of formal documents have been printed in full, and at the end of the text the full and valuable account of Gray’s visitation of his cathedral church in 1432 has been added. Adapted from the Introduction to the volume.
See LRS Volume 3 (The Rolls of Hugh Wells Vol. 1). This volume contains: Institutions in the Archdeaconry of Oxford Institutions in the Archdeaconry of Buckingham Institutions in the Archdeaconry of Northampton Charter Roll of the Archdeaconry of Northampton Institutions in the Archdeaconry of Leicester
** A reprint will soon be available of this volume ** This is the first of a series of volumes that the Society planned to issue containing abstracts of wills relating to the diocese and county of Lincoln. These ancient testamentary documents are of value because they throw much light upon the language, the religious customs and observances, and the manners and social life of our forefathers. Moreover, they are of very great services for genealogical purposes since, in the period prior to the institution of parish registers, they are often the only available source of information relating to families which did not hold land or use armorial bearings; and even when they relate to the same period as extant parish registers, they are no less important to the genealogist. Every will in the District Probate Registry from 1271 to 1526 has been included in full with the exception of three wills which were found too late to be included. Adapted from the Preface to the volume.
Dr. William Wake was consecrated Bishop of Lincoln in 1705 and was succeeded by Dr. Edmund Gibson in 1716. Bishop Wake’s primary Visitation of his diocese took place in May and June 1706 and in preparation for it he addressed, in April 1706, a Letter of Advertisement to the Clergy of the Diocese. In the letter he requested details of each parish in seven questions. Subsequent visitations took place in 1709, 1712 and 1715. Bishop Gibson held his primary Visitation in 1718. His letter included twelve questions. The results of these enquiries was summarised in the Speculum under five headings. The source document is a manuscript book sometimes in English, but mostly in much abbreviated Latin. This material has been translated into English and laid out in a logical manner to enable the information contained therein to be easily accessible. Adapted from the Introduction to the volume