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Dateline June 2000 -- New History Data Service Data Collection

Docquets of Lord Keeper Coventry, 1625-1640 (Study Number 3908)

This data collection was created by Jan Broadway and Richard Cust, University of Birmingham, and Stephen Roberts, History of Parliament, to provide a calendar of all items in the Birmingham Reference Library's collection of the official papers of the Lord Keeper Thomas Coventry (DV873-909) for use alongside Public Record Office sources for Chancery activities, and as a finding aid for individuals and grants within the Patent Rolls. The data collection catalogues 18,900 documents representing the office copy of grants, patents, licences and commissions issued under the Great Seal by the Lord Keeper, Thomas Coventry, 1625-1640. There are 60 classes of docquet, of which the most numerous are Licences of Alienation (3,960), Presentations of Benefices (1,404), Commissions of Bankruptcy (1,085), Commissions of Rebellion (1,008) and Exemplifications (982). Also included are appointments to court offices, monopolies, leases of lands and appointments of justices of the peace, sheriffs, escheators, etc.

To order this data collection from the History Data Service:

1. Complete a Data Order Form available at:  

Please specify in Section 3 that you wish to order Study Number 4042 Docquets of Lord Keeper Coventry, 1625-1640.

The form can be either completed on-line or downloaded and printed out as a Word file.

2. Print out and sign a Standard Undertaking Form available at:

3. Return all forms which have not been completed online to: History Data Service, Data Archive, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ

If you have any problems accessing these forms please email your postal address to and request a paper copy of the Data Order Form and the Standard Undertaking Form.

A list of other recent acquisitions and releases can be found on our WebPages at:

For Further Information Contact:
Cressida Chappell, Head of the History Data Service, Data Archive,
University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ, UK. Tel: +44 (0)1206 873984.
Fax: +44 (0)1206 872003. Email   URL:  


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