Search Middle Temple admissions records from the 1400s to 1944
To enable all researchers to have access to the published admissions records these three volumes have been digitized. The information they contain is derived from admissions recorded in the proceedings of Middle Temple’s Parliament from 1501 and from the separate series of admissions recorded from 1658. They also contain a record of those who were admitted to the Inn prior to 1501 which has been compiled from various sources. Names of those admitted from February 1525 to February 1551, for which the Inn’s records have not survived, have been similarly compiled.
Although these records are searchable by Optical Character Recognition (OCR), this has only a limited use, partly due to the constraints of the technology and partly because this 1949 publication has used the erratic and variable spellings of personal names and place names found in the original documents. An example of this is the spelling used by the three Ashley brothers admitted between 1575 and 1590: Antony Assheleigh, Robert Ayshley and Francis Aishley. The same OCR search limitations apply to English place names in the earlier centuries and to British colonial possessions in the 19th and 20th centuries. The most reliable way of ensuring a comprehensive search remains to read the full text of the period being researched.
In order to try to assist the searcher, the scanned volumes have been posted on the website in two different forms. It is possible to access the larger files in three complete volumes which will take longer to download or in smaller sections which should make the files quicker to download but which will require a number of separate searches to cover the span of centuries.
Entire volumes with separate index:
|1501 - 1781|
|1782 - 1909|
|1910 - 1944|
Or available in 20 megabyte sections here (for index see above):
|1501 - 1650||1651 - 1750|
|1751 - 1850||1851 - 1885|
|1886 - 1909||1910 - 1944|
Search Middle Temple records of Parliament 1501 - 1703
It is also possible to search online the edited, translated and transcribed records of Middle Temple’s governing body, 1501 to 1703. These volumes are now out of copyright and have been made available at:
Volume 5 was transcribed from the original Minutes of Parliament in 1975-6 and is unpublished and copyright of the Middle Temple.
Digitised pdfs of the Minutes of Parliament MT.1/MPA/8 - 20 (1748 - 1898)
We have digitised the records of Middle Temple's Parliament from 1748 to 1898 in order to make them accessible to researchers. We regret that because of 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.
|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|