DESCRIPTION OF THE BOSBURY PARISH REGISTERS

REGISTERS 1-13 used up to 1891 described by Rev. Samuel Bentley

The Registers of Bosbury are contained in the following thirteen Books.

No. 1.   An oblong book bound in rough calf with 180 parchment leaves. The first entry is that of a burial on 22 May, 1559: there are several blanks or periods in this book in which there are no entries; the first gap occurs from 1595 to 1597, and which is accounted for by the fact named in an entry made in the book at this time.

"Here the ould book unbound at the end wanteth many leaves which were wrytten in it."

The present book is therefore a transcript, a fact which may be recognized from the similarity of the handwriting throughout. Another gap occurs from 1645 to 1652.

The greater number of the pages from 1605 to 1673 are signed by the Vicar or his deputy and the Churchwardens, after which period their signatures do not occur: from 1610 to 1641 the entries are in Latin.

On pages 101 and 127 to 135 are copies of the Deed and Act of Parliament whereby Viscount Scudamore conveyed to the benefice the tithes which had been alienated and of which mention has been made in Chapter I.

No. 2.   An oblong book bound in vellum, containing the Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials from 1708 to 1750. Inside the cover the following entries may be seen.

"This Register was kept by the Clerk of the Parish William Chudd [?Chadd]from the year 1722 until March the second 1739 by the indulgence of Mr. Humphrey Wynn, Vicar, and John Jones his successor, which is the occasion of so many mistakes in spelling names."

No. 3.   In rough calf containing on vellum leaves the Baptisms and Burials from 1750 to 1768, and the Marriages from 1754 to 1764. The pages are irregularly signed by the Vicar and Churchwarden or Churchwardens. There is no entry in this book from March 1, 1752 to July 9, when the following memorandum is made: "A deficiency is here occasioned by ye absence of ye Vicar."

No. 4.   In vellum, with paper leaves, containing the Marriages from 1763 to 1812. The book contains the printed forms of Register prescribed by the Act 26 George II. entitled "An Act for the better Preventing of Clandestine Marriages." By this Act the penalty of death is awarded to any person convicted of making a false entry, or of forging, or wilfully destroying any Register of Marriages.

No. 5.   In parchment, with parchment leaves, containing the Baptisms and Burials from 1769 to 1801.

No. 6.   In law calf with parchment leaves, containing the Baptisms and Burials from 1802 to 1812. The pages are irregularly signed by the Vicar or Curate.

No. 7.   Similar to No. 4, containing in a slightly altered form the Marriages from 1813 to 1837.

No. 8.   Burials from 1813 to 1855, the usual form of book with parchment cover.
No. 9.   Baptisms from 1813 to 1840, usual form of book.
No. 10.   Burials as usual from 1855, in use at the present time.
No. 11.   Baptisms from 1840 to 1861, usual form, parchment leaves.
No. 12.   Baptisms from 1861, in use at the present time.
No. 13.   Marriages from 1837, in use at the present time, and kept (as required by the Act) in duplicate.

There are also three Books in which are entered the Banns of Marriage published from (i) 1766 to 1810, (2) from 1829 to 1855, and (3) from 1856 to the present time.


REGISTERS 10, 13 to 22 used from 1891 to present (2012)

No. 10.   Burials as usual from 1855 to 1917.
No. 13.   Marriages from 1837 to 1927.
No. 14.   Baptisms from 1894 to 1945.
No. 15.   Baptisms from 1944 to present (2012)
No. 16.   Burials from 1917 to present (2012)
No. 17.   Marriages from 1927 to 1948
No. 18.   Marriages from 1948 to 1964
No. 19.   Marriages from 1964 to 1975
No. 20.   Marriages from 1975 to 1990
No. 21.   Marriages from 1990 to 1998
No. 22.   Marriages from 1998 to present (2012)


ENTRIES ARRANGED BY SUBJECT

    Years   Register   YearsRegister
 NumberNumber
 BAPTISMS1559 – 170811813 – 18409
 1708 – 175021840 – 186110
 1750 – 176831861 – 189412
 1769 – 180151894 – 194514
 1802 – 181261945 – present15
 
 MARRIAGES   1559 – 170811927 – 194817
 1708 – 175021948 – 196418
 1751 – 176431964 – 197519
 1764 – 181241975 – 199020
 1813 – 183771990 – 199821
 1837 – 1927131998 – present22
 
 BURIALS1559 – 170811802 – 18126
 1708 – 175021813 – 18558
 1750 – 176831855 – 191710
 1769 – 18015 1917 – present16


HEREFORDSHIRE ARCHIVE SERVICE MICROFILMS

MX261         Parish Registers         1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 14
MX13         Bishop’s Transcripts         1660 to 1862


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BAPTISMS         1559 to 1897
MARRIAGES         1559 to 1901
BURIALS           1559 to 1812