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THE HABELL-BODIED MEN OF CLYST St. MARY  IN 1569

 

If the King required their services, these men had to drop everything and muster immediately under the leadership of the leading nobleman of the area. They had to provide their own weapon to fight with, as listed,  out of their own pockets - a form of taxation.   The Presenters were responsible to the King for getting the Muster right.   Clyst St Mary's Presenters were William Trump and William Drywood.

 

ARCHERS

Walter Willies Thomas Steven David Earle
John Barry Richard Oxenbere - - - -

 

HARQUEBUSIERS

(A single-shot early form of the musket)

Thomas Clerke - - - - - - - -

 

BILLMEN

(A sharp billhook as used to cut hay or corn in the fields.  The men were to be trained to hack away at any oncomers and disable them if possible)

Henry Cole Richard Drywood - - - -

 

 

 
 
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