STAC About this project
This project gives the user lists of the documents in STAC 5 taken from the 18th Century manuscript list and roughly sorted into what may well turn out to be cases. For anyone with better information, or who wants to join in, email@example.com will find me, or you can apply for wikki priviledges to firstname.lastname@example.org and start changing the pages, Help with HTML and STAC sandpit may be of use. I would advise you to put your contribution at the end rather than in the middle of a page. I am maintaining a master copy of the Catalogue, Names, Dates and Places pages and I may otherwise inadvertently overwrite you, which would be a shame.
Star Chamber Elizabeth, currently TNA STAC 5, consists of perhaps 100,000 documents under about 35,000 references, how many cases this represents is anybody's guess, I usually say about 15,000.
In the eighteenth century the documents were divided alphabetically by the surname of the first plaintiff and listed. This was not always successful. For example the Countess of Lennox appears occassionally amongst the Cs. The manuscript lists are in four volumes, at present held on open shelves in the Map Room. The class is included in the TNA on-line catalogue, but this is neither complete nor accurate. Don’t take my word for it, have a look for yourself.
Documents in each letter were divided into bundles of forty references. This does not mean forty documents, but forty groups of between one and ten documents, with the same reference. Each bundle was given a number and each document or group of documents has a number within the bundle
STAC 5/C6/18 is Star Chamber Elizabeth, The “C” bundles. Bundle number 6, group of documents within C6, number 18
Document types B = Bill of Complaint. Dr = Demurrer. A = Answer. C = Commission. Rn = Replication. Rr = Rejoinder. I = Interrogatories. D = Deposition
The Problem has been that (unlike the other Star Chamber classes) there are no county names in the lists. This means that the local historians have left them untouched and the county record societies have not published them. Ascribing a county to every case may change this. It is of course not as easy as that; a case may be between two City of London merchants but relate to inheritance (and riotous entry) of a property in Hampshire. A large number of Welsh cases have been identified, (A Catalogue of Star Chamber Proceedings Relating to Wales compiled by Ifan ab Owen Edwards, Cardiff U P 1929).
Amanda Bevan of TNA has taken my data from my own first pass at the Catalogue and is using it to create her own case index. We are sharing any new insights, but using the data in different ways. My own plan is still to discover as many county names as possible and then wave the lists in front of the local historians and county record societies and stand back as they rush to transcribe and publish. Then one can make a real index.
The pages of this Star Chamber part of WAALT should change radically and often. When visiting, refresh your pages every time. And you can receive regular tweets from Star Chamber by following @StarChamberEliz
if you found this website useful, why not also visit the WAALT Elizabethan State Papers Project