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Source Information

Ancestry.com. UK, Articles of Clerkship, 1756-1874 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
Original data:

Court of King's Bench: Plea Side: Affidavits of Due Execution of Articles of Clerkship, Series I, II, III (KB 105-107). The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey.

Registers of Articles of Clerkship and Affidavits of Due Execution (CP 71). The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey.

About UK, Articles of Clerkship, 1756-1874

This database contains records associated with articles of clerkship for young men apprenticed to attorneys for the years 1756–1874.

Historical Background

The articles of clerkship referenced in these records were contracts between an apprentice clerk, who wanted to become an attorney or solicitor, and an attorney who agreed to train the clerk for the profession. The contracts were often entered into by fathers (or other sponsors) on their sons’ behalf, with terms typically lasting 5–7 years.

What You May Find in These Records

This database includes two different types of records associated with articles of clerkship.

The first are affidavits of due execution. These are essentially letters or depositions stating that the terms of the clerkship have been completed. They will typically list the following details:

  • clerk’s name, parish, and town
  • clerk’s father’s name
  • name of the attorney to whom the clerk was bound
  • name of person swearing to the affidavit
  • date of the affidavit
  • term of clerkship

The second are registers recording articles of clerkship and affidavits. These may include the following details:

  • clerk’s name and residence
  • clerk’s father’s name and residence
  • attorney’s name and residence
  • name of person swearing to the affidavit
  • dates of articles (when sworn, filed, read in court)