Women and Property 1785-1789: North Riding Register of Deeds

  • Joan Heggie (Creator)



This Collection contains various datasets and analysis tools, compiled from the Register of Deeds for the North Riding of Yorkshire and relating to women's involvement with property transfer and the wider property market during the period 1785-1789 and was used in a comparative study with similar data from 1885-1889, the results of which were published in 2019 (see below). Index Ledger Vol 9, 1784-1790, was transcribed in full and contains 6,868 unique transactions (31,966 lines). Each line represents a person's name. Core data from the Index showed: Township, unique reference and names of parties, but did not show date of transaction or the names of all parties. To analyse by gender this information was required, so this information was added by using the Deeds Registers. Further information was then added to the core datasets, again from the individual Deeds Registers : - gender of all parties ('male', 'female' and 'not applicable' (for businesses) - usual residence, occupation (if any), marital status and any details of family relationships or inheritance rights of every women transacting. An overview spreadsheet showing the analysis carried out is contained in this Collection. This Collection contains the subset of this material covering period 1785-1789 ONLY to provide a direct comparison with similarly sourced data from period 1885-1889 and is accessible for research purposes. Findings from the comparative study have been published: Heggie, J. K. F. (2019). Women's Involvement in Property in the North Riding of Yorkshire in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries. In A. L. Capern, B. McDonagh, & J. Aston (Eds.), Women and the Land, 1500-1900 (pp. 201-225). The Boydell Press.
Date made available23 Aug 2021
PublisherTeesside University

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