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Medieval & Tudor Kent P.C.C. & C.C.C. Wills Transcriptions by L. L. Duncan

   Leland Lewis Duncan (1862-1923). On his death many of his notebooks were deposited with the Kent Archaeological Society, of which he was a life-time member. What has been typed up below is all that seems to have survived.  
   See Leland L. Duncan for fuller details of his work (click on the 'Back' button to return to this page).
    Duncan's transcriptions were in a series of 'exercise books' and bound quarto books, numbered from 1 to 61. In 1934 Rev Bennitt, the Vicar of East Peckham, compiled an index by parish of all the transcriptions in Duncan's books no's 1 to 46 .  This index, of over 1,622 entries, plus a further 566 entries from Books 47 to 61 has been typed up by Margaret Broomfield, Dawn Weeks and lately by Pat Tritton, amended in places by Zena Bamping using Duncan's original books where they survive. Below you will find two Indexes, the first by the name of the Testator, second the Place, as detailed by Duncan. This is followed by links to the individual Duncan books in number order, where those Will transcriptions that have survived are being typed up and added to this website. Where the individual page numbers are in blue and underlined, this indicates that the transcription has been added, and by 'clicking' on the 'link' the transcription can be viewed.

Updated  23-05-2013

Index of Wills In Name order - select the first letter of the surname you require below:-
                      A   B   C   D   EF   G   H   IJK   L   M   NO   P   R   S   T   UV   W   Y

Index of Wills In Place order - select the first letter of the place name you require below:-
                          
A   B   C   D   E   F   G   H   IJK   L   M   NOPQ   R   S   T  UV   W  Y

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Books    1 -   6    Shoreham Deanery Wills - Have survived in the Library, early ones written in Latin
Books    7 - 10    Rochester Diocese    Book 7   Book 8   Book 9   Book 10 - recently, 2010, rediscovered
Books  11 - 16    South & Mid-Kent Wills -
Book 11   Book 12   Book 13   Book 14   Book 15  - Book 16 still missing
Books  17 - 20    Rochester Diocese -
Have not survived in the Library (order re-constructed from Bennitt's Index).
Books  21 - 27    Kent Wills at Lambeth
- Only Books 21 to 24 have survived, plus some of 25, 26 & 27 reconstructed
Books  28 - 31    East Kent Wills -
Have not survived in the Library (order re-constructed from Bennitt's Index).
Books  32 - 35    Mid-Kent Wills (Maidstone Area) -
Have not survived in the Library (order re-constructed from Bennitt's Index).
Books  36 - 42    South-East Kent (Cranbrook Area) -
Have not survived in the Library (order re-constructed from Bennitt's Index).
Books  43 - 46    North-East Kent (Thanet etc) -
Have not survived in the Library (order re-constructed from Bennitt's Index).

Books  47 - 61
- Have survived in the Library and have been typed up by Margaret Broomfield and Dawn Weeks
Book    47 & 48   Maidstone
Book    49  & 50  Cranbrook
Book    51            Charing, Little Chart, Detling, Eastwell, Egerton, Godmersham, Harrietsham, Headcorn, 
                                   Hollingbourne, Kennington, Langley, Leeds
Book    52            Ashford, Boxley, Bearsted, Boughton Malherb, Boughton Monchelsea, Challock
Book    53            High Halden, Woodchurch, Ebony, Appledore, Warehorne, Wittersham, Stone-in-Oxney, 
                                   Kingsnorth, Great Chart, Shadoxhurst, Smarden, Frittenden
Book    54            Goudhurst
Book    55            Biddenden
Book    56            Marden, Staplehurst
Book    57            Romney Marsh, including New Romney, Old Romney, Brookland, Ivychurch, Newchurch, 
                                   Blackmauston (Blackmanstone), Snave, Lydd, Midley, Brenzett
Book    58            Lydd (240KB)
Book    59            Tenterden, Rolvenden, Sandhurst,  
Book    60            Hawkhurst, Newenden, Benenden
Book    61            Bilsington, Bishopsbourne
Book    70            Lewisham & Lee Wills
Book    71            Upton Family Wills, mostly East Kent 
Index of Wills Proved in the Rochester Consistory Court Wills 1440 - 1561 by Leland L Duncan
Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. 44 1932  Pages  79-102  Milton Wills (Next Sittingbourne).—I. By Arthur Hussey 
Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. 45 1933  Pages  13-30  Milton Wills (Next Sittingbourne).—II. By Arthur Hussey 
Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. 28 1909  Pages  83-114  Herne Wills: Abstracts.— I. By Arthur Hussey
Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. 30 1914  Pages  94-126  Herne Wills: Abstracts.— II. By Arthur Hussey
Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. 32 1917  Pages 77-141  Reculver & Hoath Wills: Abstract. By Arthur Hussey
Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. 34 1920  Pages 47-62   Ash next Sandwich Wills - Part 1  By Arthur Hussey

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Updated 
23-05-2013 Wye - William FROGNALL 1518 Will – PRC 17/13/284 CCA - kindly submitted by Ronnie Munday
26-12-2012 Book 71 Upton Family Wills - Pages 117 to 123 added
15-12-2012 Book 71 Upton Family Wills - Pages 109 to 116 added
12-12-2012 Book 71 Upton Family Wills - Pages 100 to 108 added
04-12-2012 Book 71 Upton Family Wills - Pages 89 to 99 added
02-12-2012 Book 71 Upton Family Wills - Pages 81 to 88 added
24-11-2012 Book 71 Upton Family Wills - Pages 69 to 80 added
20-11-2012 Book 71 Upton Family Wills - Pages 51 to 68 added
10-11-2012 Book 71 Upton Family Wills - Pages 38 to 50 added
04-11-2012 Book 71 Upton Family Wills - Pages 16 to 37 added
28-10-2012 Book 70 Lewisham & Lee Wills - Pages 13 to 25 added
07-10-2012 Book 70 Lewisham & Lee Wills - Pages 04 to 12 added
18-09-2012 Book 70 Lewisham & Lee Wills - Pages 01 to 03 added
08-09-2012 Book 15 Rochester Diocese Wills - South & Mid Kent - Pages 558 to Page 574 last pages added
03-09-2012 Book 15 Rochester Diocese Wills - South & Mid Kent - Pages 550 to Page 567 added
27-08-2012 Book 15 Rochester Diocese Wills - South & Mid Kent - Pages 518 to Page 549 added
04-08-2012 Book 15 Rochester Diocese Wills - South & Mid Kent - Pages 504 to Page 518 added
30-07-2012 Book 15 Rochester Diocese Wills - South & Mid Kent - Pages 486 to Page 504 added
21-07-2012 Book 15 Rochester Diocese Wills - South & Mid Kent - Pages 479 to Page 485 added
16-07-2012 Book 15 Rochester Diocese Wills - South & Mid Kent - Pages 467 to Page 478 added
14-07-2012 Book 15 Rochester Diocese Wills - South & Mid Kent - Pages 457 to Page 466 added
14-07-2012 Book 14 Rochester Diocese Wills - South & Mid Kent - Pages 448 to Page 456 added
30-06-2012 Book 14 Rochester Diocese Wills - South & Mid Kent - Pages 434 to Page 447 added
20-06-2012 Book 14 Rochester Diocese Wills - South & Mid Kent - Pages 418 to Page 433 added
12-06-2012 Book 14 Rochester Diocese Wills - South & Mid Kent - Pages 404 to Page 418 added
15-05-2012 Book 14 Rochester Diocese Wills - South & Mid Kent - Pages 389 to Page 403 added
09-05-2012 Book 14 Rochester Diocese Wills - South & Mid Kent - Pages 377 to Page 389 added
03-05-2012 Book 14 Rochester Diocese Wills - South & Mid Kent - Pages 356 to Page 377 added
26-04-2012 Book 14 Rochester Diocese Wills - South & Mid Kent - Pages 340 to Page 355 added
19-04-2012 Book 13 Rochester Diocese Wills - South & Mid Kent - Pages 334 to Bk 14 Page 339 added
18-04-2012 Book 13 Rochester Diocese Wills - South & Mid Kent - Pages 312 to 333 added
06-04-2012 Book 13 Rochester Diocese Wills - South & Mid Kent - Pages 305 to 311 added
30-03-2012 Book 13 Rochester Diocese Wills - South & Mid Kent - Pages 280 to 304 added
22-03-2012 Book 13 Rochester Diocese Wills - South & Mid Kent - Pages 263 to 279 added
16-03-2012 Book 13 Rochester Diocese Wills - South & Mid Kent - Pages 251 to 262 added
14-03-2012 Book 13 Rochester Diocese Wills - South & Mid Kent - Pages 240 to 250 added
05-03-2012 Book 13 Rochester Diocese Wills - South & Mid Kent - Pages 230 to 240 added
25-02-2012 Book 12 Rochester Diocese Wills - South & Mid Kent - Pages 222 to Bk 13 Page 228 added
09-02-2012 Book 12 Rochester Diocese Wills - South & Mid Kent - Pages 195 to 221 added
29-01-2012 Book 12 Rochester Diocese Wills - South & Mid Kent - Pages 178 to 192 added
20-01-2012 Book 12 Rochester Diocese Wills - South & Mid Kent - Pages 168 to 177 added
12-01-2012 Book 12 Rochester Diocese Wills - South & Mid Kent - Pages 157 to 168 added
07-01-2012 Book 12 Rochester Diocese Wills - South & Mid Kent - Pages 137 to 157 added
16-12-2011 Book 12 Rochester Diocese Wills - South & Mid Kent - Pages 119 to 137 added
16-12-2011 Book 11 Rochester Diocese Wills - South & Mid Kent - Pages 101 to 119 added
06-12-2011 Book 11 Rochester Diocese Wills - South & Mid Kent - Pages 99 to 100 added
22-11-2011 Book 11 Rochester Diocese Wills - South & Mid Kent - Pages 90 to 98 added
19-11-2011 Book 11 Rochester Diocese Wills - South & Mid Kent - Pages 73 to 89 added
06-11-2011 Book 11 Rochester Diocese Wills - South & Mid Kent - Pages 1 to 72 added
22-09-2011 Book 10 Rochester Diocese Wills - North West - Pages 404 to 416 added
09-09-2011 Book 10 Rochester Diocese Wills - North West - Pages 364 to 403 added
05-09-2011 Book   9 Rochester Diocese Wills - North West - Pages 340 to 363 added
19-08-2011  Abstracts from Ashford, Kent Wills - collected by the late Arthur Ruderman
21-07-2011  Book 9 Rochester Diocese Wills - North West - Pages 328 to 339 added
14-07-2011  Book 9 Rochester Diocese Wills - North West - Pages 313 to 327 added
17-06-2011  Book 9 Rochester Diocese Wills - North West - Pages 291 to 312 added
14-06-2011  Book 9 Rochester Diocese Wills - North West - Pages 272 to 290 added
27-05-2011  Book 9 Rochester Diocese Wills - North West - Pages 251 to 271 added
21-04-2011  Book 9 Rochester Diocese Wills - North West - Pages 243 to 250 added
30-03-2011  Book 8 Rochester Diocese Wills - North West - Pages 237 to 242b added
27-03-2011  Book 8 Rochester Diocese Wills - North West - Pages 229 to 236 added
16-03-2011  Book 8 Rochester Diocese Wills - North West - Pages 125 to 228 added
13-03-2011  Book 7 Rochester Diocese Wills - North West - Pages   70 to 124 added
12-03-2011  Books 7-10 Rochester Diocese Wills & Books 11-16 Mid-Kent Wills have been found and are being typed up
24-11-2006  Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. 34  Pages 47-62   Ash next Sandwich Wills - Part 1  By Arthur Hussey
15-12-2005  Abstracts by Geoffrey Copus of 119 Wills from Chelsfield proved in the Prerogative of Canterbury 1388 - 1858 
30-05-2005  Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. 32 1917  Pages 77-141 Reculver & Hoath Wills: Abstract. By Arthur Hussey
28-03-2005  Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. 30 1914  Pages 94-126  Herne Wills: Abstracts.— II. By Arthur Hussey
16-01-2005  Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. 28 1909  Pages  83-114  Herne Wills: Abstracts.— I. By Arthur Hussey
11-01-2005 
Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. 44 1932  Pages  79-102  Milton Wills (Next Sittingbourne).—I. By Arthur Hussey 
23-12-2004 
Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. 45 1933  Pages 13-30  Milton Wills (Next Sittingbourne).—II. By Arthur Hussey 
19-12-2004 
Index of Wills Proved in the Rochester Consistory Court Wills 1440 - 1561 by Leland L Duncan
22-11-2004  244 Lydd Wills Book 58 added. Mostly very short, but containing fascinating detail. 
19-07-2004  Thirty Lambeth Wills:- Book 21 John POYNES 1446, Philip DENE 1448, William BALLE 1450, William CAVE
                     1413, William BAKERE 1416, Book 22 Henry WELDE 1420, Henry TREWYN 1421, William BASSET 1428,
                      John SEYNTLEGER 1437, Book 23 Andrew YONGE 1408, Richard SHELLEY 1413, John SEYNTLEGER
                      1441, John WELLES 1442, Thomas de HOLAND 1397, Richard HORSHAM 1399, Geoffrey NEWENTON
                      1400, James de PEKHAM 1400, Raplh MELCHBORN 1404, Reginald de PEKHAM 1407, Book 24 Alicia
                      de PEKHAM 1407, Robert CLERK 1380, John BURGEYS 1376, John STENE 1375, Book 25 Robert
                      atte BROME 1372, Book 26 John METCALF 1560, William WHYNTERTON 1560, Agnes GYLYT 1587
                      Book 27 John GODFREY 1589, Edward READE 1589, Brian DARTHNOLL 1608.
09-04-2004  Three Shoreham Deanery Wills - Book 1 William LYE 1391, Nicholas STONE 1393 & Richard BAMME 1452.
17-03-2004  Twenty-six Will Transcriptions added for Book 59, Tenterden, Rolvenden and Sandhurst.
01-03-2004  Two Will Transcriptions added for Book 61 Bislington and Bisopsbourne
29-02-2004  Twenty-seven Will Transcriptions added for Book 60 Hawkhurst, Newenden and Benenden

21-02-2004  Thirty Will Transcriptions added for Book 57 Romney Marsh, including New Romney, Old Romney, Brookland,
                    Ivychurch, Newchurch, Blackmauston, Snave, Lydd, Midley, Brenzett
14-09-2003  Will Transcriptions added Books 1 - 6 Shoreham Deanery Wills  SUDRESSCH, John 1425 Book 1 Page 046,
                    DONETT, John 1465 Book 1 Page 064,  CLERKE, John 1480 Book 1 Page 110, WAILETT, John 1487 Book 2
                    Page 131,  ISELE, John 1493 Book 2 Page 179,  ISSLEY, Thomas 1518  Book 3 Page 317,   PEKHAM,
                    Thomas 1515 Book 4 Page 375,   PEKHAM, Reynold 1523 Book 4 Page 389,   PEKHAM, James 1532 Book 5
                    Page 449,   GYBSON alias TAILLOR 1528 Book 4 Page 412
07-01-2003 Will Transcriptions added ANNESLEY Brian Book 5 page 584 Shoreham Deanery Wills, 
                    and William COK Book 58 Page 53 Lydd