Apprenticeship books (1710-1811)
From 1710-1811 masters paid stamp duty for taking on apprentices. Details of the stamp duty paid were recorded in apprenticeship books. Search the apprenticeship books from 1710 to 1811 (IR 1) on Ancestry.co.uk (£) by name of master or apprentice. Alternatively, you can browse the apprenticeship books on digital microfilm.
The apprenticeship books are divided into Town Registers (London) and Country Registers (elsewhere), depending on where the stamp duty was paid. There are original indexes of masters to some of these registers, available to view online, in IR 1/74-79. The catalogue description for each index indicates the series of volumes to which they refer (for example, IR 1/74 refers to volumes 22-25). These volume numbers equate to National Archives piece numbers (so, using the previous example, IR 1/74 refers to IR 1/22-25).
If the apprenticeship was in Middlesex or one of the home counties the duty may have been paid in London and the details entered in one of the London registers.
The payment could be made at the start of the apprenticeship or any time up to one year after the expiry of the indenture.
Indexes to apprenticeship books (1710-1774)
Browse the indexes of apprentices from 1710 to 1774 on findmypast.co.uk (£)
Indexes to apprentices registered in the Merchant Navy (1824-1910)
Search by name the indexes of apprentices registered in the Merchant Navy between 1824 to 1910 (BT 150/1-53) on Ancestry (£).
These index the original indentures in BT 151 and BT 152. Please note only a sample of the original indentures survive – for more information see below.
Articles of clerkship (1756-1874)
Search articles of clerkship (KB 105-107) by name on Ancestry (£). These are the contracts between an apprentice clerk, who wanted to become an attorney or solicitor, and an attorney who agreed to train the clerk. The contracts were often entered into by fathers (or other sponsors) on their sons’ behalf.