1 Thomas Cromwell, Lord Privy Seal and Vicegerent, issued a mandate, 5 September, 1538, 2 ordering every parson, vicar or curate to keep a register of every wedding, christening and burial in his parish.The parishes were to provide a coffer for the safe keeping of the register.Despite all that has been lost through accident and neglect however a great deal has survived.
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The situation is similar as regards the transcripts of the registers (commonly referred to as 'the bishops trancripts') which were ordered to be sent to the diocesan registry annually from 1598 onwards.
11 Transcripts dating from 1598 have survived in several English dioceses and in some dioceses there are transcripts from before 1598.
14 Latin is not used in the parish registers except for a few years in a small number of parishes after 1732.
Although the Act did not relate to parish registers, it was assumed that it did apply to them as can be seen from the memoranda relating to the Act in a number of parish registers such as the following from the register of Llanbadarn Fawr, co.
It is probable that records relating to important families had been kept before this time by the religious houses and by the clergy, but I know of no evidence relating to the keeping of any parish register in Wales before 1538. Poets and genealogists also recorded dates of births and deaths in their manuscripts 3 and dates are often given in verse in the eulogies and elegies of the sixteenth and seventeenth century Welsh poets.
Records were sometimes kept in missals and other religious manuscripts e.g. Such details are rare before the introduction of the official registers but they can be important because so few early registers have survived in Wales.Flint, which has a register with entries starting in 1538.10 There are only about half a dozen registers which start before 1560 and only about seventy registers which start before 1600, and many of these start near the end of the sixteenth century. Montgomery, in 1602 is noted in the register but the entries copied into the register start only in 1596.the death of Issabelle Godynogh on 23 April, 1413 is recorded in the Caernarfon Book of Hours (N. The Injunction of 1538 relating to the keeping of parish registers was repeated by Edward VI in 1547 with the variation that the fine of 3s 4d was to be used for the poor of the parish.4 A similar order was issued by Elizabeth in 1559, the 3s 4d fine was by this order, however, directed to be divided equally between the poor and the repair of the church .Cardigan, in 1733 Note that Hence-forward we are Oblig'd by Act of Parliament, to keep our Register Book in English.