We have provided a free name index to this product, as a pdf file, which can be viewed, downloaded, copied and printed.
The index can be accessed through a link in the publications page on our website: www.wiltshirefhs.co.uk/index.php/publications
This publication is a compendium of the six volumes of vagrancy pass events we have already published.
This collection of vagrants' passes, held at the WSHC, is contained in fourteen large boxes dating from 1702 through to 1838 with some breaks in dates and were transcribed and edited by Rosemary Church and Jean Cole. It has been roughly estimated that each box contains over 3000 passes which were for expenses incurred by the passing of vagrants, mostly for those from outside the county, being passed through Wiltshire and its county borders to other county borders on their way back to their parishes or supposed parishes of settlement.
Usually the dates shown were the dates that the costs were collected by the tythingmen, constables or other officials and signed for, but sometimes the actual date of the removal was also given and this has been shown. Some names of tythingmen, constables, churchwardens and overseers were sometimes shown with bills of expenses incurred in passing the vagrants.
The transcripts are presented in a public domain format (pdf) file which can be read by the program Adobe Acrobat Reader or any other program that will read pdf files.
Searching can be undertaken by using the built in Adobe Reader search facility. Windows users can use bookmarks to drill down to individual index entries or to the nearest year for events in the transcripts. For Apple Mac users the file should open in Preview. Click the View button and select Table of Contents.
The ability to print has been disabled but copying has not.
As with any transcript users are advised to consult the original material, which is at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre – www.wshc.eu.
Please inform Wiltshire FHS of any errors or omissions, either by writing to Wiltshire FHS Publications, Unit 3, Bath Road Business Centre, Devizes SN10 1XA or emailing [email protected]