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BRANSCOMBE IN DEVON'S 1569 MUSTER ROLL

 

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:

Henry Hewes John Hewes
John Tailler Thomas Marler
James Wotton John Hooke
John Calley sen William Payten
Mathew Bartlet Robert Lyde
Thomas Bulle Charles Acreman

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.

 

ARCHERS

Charles Carter
John Carter Bronell Baron
Ellice Abbot
Ellice Acreman Mathew Rode
John Micowe
Thomas Acreman John Clap at Bolston
John Calley jun
William Clark John Howper
Ellice Calley
- - - - - - - -

 

HARQUEBUSIERS

(A single-shot early form of the musket)

John Wotten John Whitefilde John Hewyt
John Hellier jun William Carter - - - -

 

PIKEMEN

(A long wooden stick with a heavy pointed metal tip welded on.

Their task was to defend the musketeers while they reloaded.)

Ellice Veryard George Wheaton Richard Alee
Mathew Abbot Richard Lytwyn John Wheaton
Ellice Wheaton Roger Bartlet John Paytwyn

 

BILLMEN

( A sharp billhook as used to cut hay or corn in the fields. The men were

supposed to hack away at any comers and disable them if possible.)

Walter Bolle John Roode (alias Bonfilde) Charles Lodge
John Caley sen Roger Qynterell Walter Roode (alias Bonfilde)
William Wyllys Ellice Hooke John Brewer (alias Cox)
William Clappe - - - - - - - -

 

 

 

 
 
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