The following new databases have been added at The Original Record:
1288-1303 – King’s Ripton (Huntingdonshire) Court Rolls
Among the Huntingdonshire possessions of Ramsey abbey was the manor of King’s Ripton or Ripton Regis. In the Augmentation Office Court Rolls in the Public Record Office, a set of rolls (Portf. 23, No. 94) includes records of the manor courts of 5 March 1288, 19 March 1288, 12 April 1288, 3 May 1288, 24 May 1288, 28 July 1293, 21 June 1294, 12 July 1294, 2 August 1294, 23 August 1294, 13 September 1294, 4 October 1294, 25 October 1294, 15 November 1294, 6 December 1294, 3 January 1295, 24 January 1295, a court in early 1295 of which the date is now missing, 16 December 1295, 19 March 1296, 29 April 1297, 13 July 1301, 12 January 1302 and 1 August 1303. Extracts from these were transcribed by F. W. Maitland, extending the Latin but retaining the spelling of the proper names, and printed with a facing English translation in 1889. In many cases the surnames were also Englished, but we have reindexed the text on the original forms alone.
1820-1823 – Vagrants in Cornwall
The return of persons committed under the Vagrant Laws to the Prisons and Houses of Correction in Cornwall includes lists of vagrants committed to the Prison in Falmouth, and to the Prison and House of Correction at Penzance. Full names are given, with a brief description of the acts of vagrancy, such as wandering abroad, begging, prostitution, abandoning family, idle and disorderly, &c.
1826 – Teachers in County Carlow Deserving of Encouragement
The Society for Promoting the Education of the Poor of Ireland awarded gratuities to ‘Teachers, appearing, from the Inspectors’ Reports of their Schools, to be deserving of encouragement’. 15 such teachers were identified in county Carlow in 1826, and are listed in the society’s report for the following year, with their full name and the name of their school.
1837 – Devizes and Melksham Great Western Branch Railway Shareholders
The return of the railway subscription contracts deposited in the Private Bill Office lists the shareholders in the Devizes and Melksham Great Western Branch Railway, subscribers to 280 shares amounting to £28,000 towards the £55,000 estimated expense of the project. The list gives full name of each subscriber, address, designation (occupation), number of shares, and amount subscribed.
1907 – Naturalizations
The Home Office issued monthly lists of aliens to whom Certificates of Naturalization or Readmission to British Nationality had been granted by the Secretary of State under the provisions of 33 Vic. cap. 14 and been registered in the Home Office pursuant to the act during each previous month. These notices, from January to December 1907, refer to naturalizations from December 1906 to November 1907. The lists give full name, surname first; country of origin; date of taking the oath of allegiance; and place of residence. An asterisk indicates that the person was currently serving in a British ship.
1914-1918 – London County Council Roll of Honour
The London County Council published a ‘Record of Service in the Great War 1914-1918 by Members of the Council’s Staff’ in 1922. This included a complete list, department by department, of the over 7000 staff who had served in the armed forces during the war, those dying while on active service being marked with an asterisk. The entries give full name, surname first, in bold, the years in uniform, any decorations, rank, and a brief description of theatre in which engaged.
1942 – Imperial Service Medal
The Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood at St James’s Palace announced these awards by king George VI of the Imperial Service Medal to members of the Home Civil Service. The names are arranged alphabetically by surname (in capitals) and christian names, with office or rank in the service.
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