Bishop's transcripts were copies of parish registers that were sent periodically to the diocesan bishop.
In the past I have noticed minor discrepancies between parish registers and bishop's transcripts, which are to be expected. However, in examining the parish registers and bishop's transcripts for the parish of Quinton, Gloucestershire, I noticed some major discrepancies.
Parish Register - 1781 burials
William Priest Augt 13 Stephen Smith Augt 15 William Heritage Sepr 24 Richard Rogers Sepr 27 Joseph Keely Decr 1 Thomas Denes Decr 22 Richard Best Decr 24
Bishop's Transcript - 1781 burials
Thomas Dennis Aug 12 Ann Rogers Aug 22 Richard Best Sep 12 Thos. Cooley Sep 24 Mary Sadler Oct 10 William Smith Oct 23 Sarah Emms Nov 20 Thomas & Richard Emms Nov 23
There is nearly nothing consistent between the two copies, apart from the curious similarity in a few names - "Thomas Denes" and "Thomas Dennis", a "Joseph Keely" and "Thos. Cooley", a "Richard Best" on both lists, though the dates are completely different.
Note that for the year 1782 (also included on the image), the inconsistencies are not so bad, although there are a few entries missing. The bishop's transcript states "The above is a true Transcript of the Register of the Parish of Quinton taken the 1st Day of July 1782."
What is the best explanation for the descrepancies between these registers which ought to be identical copies?
Note: Both the PR and BT can viewed on Ancestry.co.uk. Due to the location of this parish near the Warwickshire border it so happens that the PRs are archived at Warwickshire Archives, thus appears under Warwickshire, England, Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1535-1812, while the BTs are under Gloucestershire, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1813.