British Chancery Records (1386 - 1558)

The Chancery Court handled civil disputes for all of England and Wales. Its records are now held at the National Archives of the UK (TNA) (formerly the Public Records Office, or PRO, and Historic Manuscripts Commission) and begin in the late 14th century. In 1875 this court became the Chancery Division of the High Court of Justice. Therefore, records for the Chancery Court exist from the late 14th century to 1875. This database is an index to the Chancery Court proceedings, which consist of bills of complaint, answers, replications, and rejoinders, from 1386-1558. The bill of complaint was what initiated the equity suit and was given by the plaintiff. The defendant would then provide an answer. The court process then allowed for a replication by the plaintiff, followed by a rejoinder from the defendant. Occasionally, the court allowed for further pleadings, and other times the pleadings did not even get that far.

Although difficult to search through, Chancery Court records are rich in genealogical information. This index of more than 286,500 individuals who were involved in the Chancery Court proceedings between 1386 and 1558 makes searching for your ancestors among these records much easier. For each individual found within this index you will find a specific reference to the location of their name in the original records, found at TNA.

This database was compiled by Rosanna Hamilton and gathered primarily from the Lists of Early Chancery Proceedings, part of the PRO Lists and Indexes series. For more information about this data consult the 10 volume Lists of Early Chancery Proceedings series, which was reprinted by Kraus Reprint Corporation in 1963.

  Name Place Date Volume Page Bundle
1 Agnes Lockewood Stafford 1533-1538 6 353 766
2 Elizabeth Lockewood Stafford  1533-1538 6 353 766
3 Joan Lockewood Stafford 1533-1538 6 353 766
4 Richard Lockewood Stafford 1533-1538 6 353 766
5 Leonard Lockewoode Suffolk 1551-1553 9 315 1288
6 Richard Lockewoode Suffolk 1551-1553 9 315 1288
7 Agnes Lockwode Stafford 1493-1500 3 440 212
8 Elene Lockwode Stafford 1493-1500 3 440 212
9 Johane Lockwode Stafford 1493-1500 3 440 212
10 Richard Lockwode Stafford 1493-1500 3 440 212
11 Elizabeth Lockwood York 1533-1538 7 145 842
12 Henry Lockwood Cambridge 1538-1544 8 63 973
13 Joan Lockwood York 1533-1538 7 145 842
14 John Lockwood York 1533-1538 7 145 842
15 John Lokewode Warwick 1518-1529 5 289 489
16 John Lokwod York 1529-1532 6 3 602
17 Richard Lokwod York 1493-1500 3 435 211
18 Thomas Lokwod Northumberland 1475-1480, 1483-1485 2 381 64
19 William Lokwod York 14th & 15th centuries 2 508 69
20 Duke Lokwode York 1504-1515 4 291 330
21 Edward Lokwode York 1518-1529 5 221 465
22 Edward Lokwode York 1518-1529 5 251 475
23 Henry Lokwode Norfolk 1538-1544 8 151 1026
24 Johane Lokwode Unknown 1486-1493, 1504-1515 3 253 152
25 Oliver Lokwode York 1518-1529 5 417 537
26 Peter Lokwode York 1518-1529 5 221 465
27 Piers Lokwode York 1518-1529 5 251 475
28 Thomas Lokwode Northumberland 1485-1486 3 14 78
29 Thomas Lokwode Northumberland 1475-1480, 1483-1485 2 200 53
30 Thomas Lokwode Northumberland 1433-1443, 1467-1472 2 72 45
31 Thomas Lokwode Unknown 1486-1493, 1504-1515 3 253 152
32 Thomas Lokwode Unknown 1504-1515 4 334 343
33 William Lokwode Northampton 1449-1453 1 185 18
34 Edward Lokwood York 1529-1532 6 18 608
35 Isabel Lokwood York 1538-1544 8 2 936
36 John Lokwood Berkshire 1532-1533 6 225 705
37 John Lokwood York 1538-1544 8 2 936
38 Oliver Lokwood York 1533-1538 7 145 842