Minutes of Parliament

These volumes record the minutes of Parliament, the Inn’s senior governing body, between 1501 and 1898. The minutes concern discussions had and decisions made on a vast range of subjects, including the appointment of office-bearers such as Readers and Treasurers, the admission of members to the Inn and to chambers, construction, maintainence and rent of chambers and shops, discipline at the Inn, staff recruitment and wages, legal education, food and drink, the Inn’s relationship with other institutions, and a range of other matters.

 

Published Minutes of Parliament (1501 - 1703)

The minutes of Parliament for this peiod were edited, translated (from Latin) transcribed and published in the early 1900s. They include the admission of members until 1658. These volumes are now out of copyright and have been made available at:

Volume 1, 1501 - 1603

Volume 2, 1603 - 1649

Volume 3, 1650 - 1703

Volume 4, Index of Persons & Places

 

Transcribed Minutes of Parliament (1703 - 1747)

This volume was transcribed from the original minutes of Parliament in 1975-6, and remains unpublished and copyright of the Middle Temple.

Volume 5, 1703 - 1747 with Index

 

Manuscript Minutes of Parliament (1748 - 1898)

The handwritten volumes of minutes of Parliament covering this period have been digitised from microfilm in order to make them more easily accessible to researchers. We regret that, due to limited staff resources, we are not able to assist with questions relating to palaeography and terminology, but we hope in due course to be able to provide machine searchable transcriptions and a glossary, and also to have further volumes digitised.

1748 - 1775 1828 - 1839 1861 - 1866 1890 - 1898
1776 - 1797 1840 - 1846 1866 - 1872  
1798 - 1813 1847 - 1855 1872 - 1880  
1814 - 1827 1855 - 1860 1880 - 1889