Branscombe's Protestation Return, like many others from Devon, was lost centuries ago. The Muster Rolls date from 72 years before the Protestation took place and list every man who was under 60 in each place .
Very occasionally, we see the name of a woman on this list because if they had inherited property from their husband, they were liable for the provision of weapons for the King's/Queen's Army, this being a charge on all property owned by them.
"The names of all the habell menne within the saide parishe nustered by
Captayne Ellice Holcombe Esquyre are:
|John Calley sen
People listed here were deemed to be able to afford more sophisticated weapons and riding horses. They would each have been issued with a list. Women who had inherited property were not exempted but had to nominate a member of their household to fight in their place.