REQ 1/48

From Waalt

Court of Requests: Draft Book of ORDERS & MEMORANDA (Easter 39 Eliz I - Michaelmas 39/40 Eliz I)

Contributed by Dave King

This volume contains drafts of orders and memoranda of the Court of Requests, covering the terms Easter 39 Eliz I - Michaelmas 39/40 Eliz I (ie Apr 1597 - Jun 1597). For further information see The National Archives Research Guide

IMPORTANT NOTE: This volume has been listed in order to fill part of the gap in the series of Books of ORDERS, FINAL ORDERS, DECREES, MEMORANDA between REQ 1/18 & REQ 1/19, and therefore has not been listed for Michaelmas Term of 39/40 Eliz (1597) as this term is already covered in the listing of REQ 1/19. Unfortunately, the information which the draft book provides is limited, the lack of decrees in particular means that information on the subject matter and location of a case are not often available. However, it does allow a case to be followed through the process.

Conventions used

It is important to recognise that this is NOT a transcript, but rather a list to assist in identifying appropriate entries.


The formatting and spelling of surnames follow the original, but first names have been modernised.


The modern form of dates is given. It should be noted that entries in the original are not always individually dated, however the sequential nature of the entries allows a degree of confidence in applying dates to individual rows in the table.


These have been added wherever it is felt that further information is available which would assist in identifying suits. These notes summarise, rather than transcribe. Most additional personal and place names encountered have been added to this column, except those of counsel, which are omitted. It should be noted that repetitive wording such as in the case of orders for dismissal 'unless complt (or deft) show good reason to the contrary' & similar, have been truncated to 'unless complt/deft show...'.


Listings of the cases covered by this volume are available as follows:

REQ 1/48. List, Easter Term 39 Eliz I (1597)

REQ 1/48. List, Trinity Term 39 Eliz I (1597)