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DAWLISH - THE PROTESTATION RETURN OF 1641/2

 

By the end of 1640, King Charles I had become very unpopular.  Parliament forced him to make changes in the Constitution which gave them a bigger say in how the country was governed. From then on, Parliament was split into two factions - Royalists (Cavaliers) who supported the King and Parliamentarians (Roundheads) who wanted political and religious reform.

 

On 3 May 1641, every Member of the House of Commons was ordered to make a declaration of loyalty to the king and to Parliament. This was ratified next day by the House of Lords. They called it their Protestation against " an arbitrarie and tyrannical government" and another order was made that every Rector, Churchwarden and Overseer of the Poor had to appear in person before the JPs in their Hundred to make this Protestation Oath in person. It was to  be a declaration of their belief in "the Protestant religion, allegiance to the King and support for the rights and privileges of Parliament".

 

They then had to go back home to their own parish where any two of them were to require the same oath of allegiance from all males over the age of 18. The names of all who refused to make the oath were to be noted and assumed to be Catholics.

 

We have, in the Devon Protestation Returns, a set of amazing documents - something akin to a census even though no women or children are named.  An indexed transcription is available in the West Country Studies Library in Exeter.

 

The Protestation Returns are arranged by parishes which are grouped in Hundreds*

Dawlish belonged to the Hundred of Exminster 

The original spelling has been retained

Andrew Addams John Geale Thomas Sanford
Robert Addams Richard Geale William Scott
Andrew Alford Geoffrey Geale Emanuel Scutt
John Alford John Geale William Segar
Thomas Allen Richard Geale John Sellake
Thomas Allen Geoffrey Gibb Richard Sellake
Christopher Aller George Glanfill sen. Thomas Sellake
Zachary Andeney Robert Gortlet George Sepston
William Archer Robert Gosse John Sepston 
Robert Archpole John Gribble George Shapcott
James Aurther John Gribble sen. Andrew Shapte
Robert Austine Henry Grigorie Humphrey Shapter
Gawen Babb James Grosse John Shapter
Humphrey Babb Thomas Grosse John Shapter
James Babb Thomas Hackemore Nicholas Short
John Babb Thomas Hammett Stephen Shortton
John Babb Philip Harvey Thomas Shouton
John babb John Headon John Shutt
John Bacheller Richard Headon Edward Sloweley
Thomas Baileife George Heale Lewis Sloweley
Thomas Baileife Benjamin Heller John Slowley
Samuel baker Christopher Helley Christopher Smale
Bennett Ball William Helliar Phillip Smalridge
John Ball Thomas Helliwell Thomas Smalridge
Pearse Ball Wllis Herman Hugh Soper
Richard Ball John Hervye John Soper
Ellis Bamstone John Hobbs Gregory Sowdon
James Bamstone Giles Hodginge Thomas Sowdon
John Bamstone William Holman Thomas Sowdon
Nicholas Bandey Robert Hore John Spearke
Richard Bandey Richard Horwill Thomas Spicer
William Banke Robert Howe Augustine Stevens
Valentine Barcheller John Hunniwill John Stevens
Thomas Barrie John Hunte John Stevens
Robert Bawden Thomas Hunte Richard Stevens
John Beard William Johns Richard Stevens
Luke Beard Giles Juglett Nicholas Storke
William Beard Joseph Keene Richard Storke
Charle Beare Bartholomew Lande Edward Sweetland
Richard Beare John Lane Henry Symons
Thomas Beare William Langadon Christopher Tapley
Robert Beareman William Langewill Christopher Tapley
John Bennet Peter Langley Edward Tapley
George Bennett John Laskey John Tapley
John Bennett Nicholas Lewcombe John Tapley
Robert Best William Lewcombe John Tapley
Nicholas Bickcombe John Lightfoote Nicholas Tapley
William Bickeford William Lightfoote Philip Tapley
Nicholas Bickford John Lowe Richard Tapley
George Bonde Giles Lymscot Robeert Tapley
John Bowdon Henry Lyowe Robert Tapley
Laurence Bowdon John Mable Samuel Tapley
John Bricknall William Mable William Tapley
Richard Brickwill John Manley Thomas Tapper
Nicholas Bronscombe Richard Manley William Tapper
Thomas Bronscombe John Marrie John Thatcher
John Browne Edward Martyne Thomas Thatcher
William Browninge Laurence Masie John Thorne
Thomas Burd Hugh Meadewaie John Towill
William Burgis John Mill Thomas Tozer
Henry Bussell William Mill James Trant
James Bussell John Miller Gawen Tripe
John Cade Humphrey Minor John Tripe
Thomas Cade George Mirrifild John Tripe
Thomas Carne Charles Mole John Tripe
George Carpenter Gawen Mole Robert Tripe
William Carrell William Monslinge Thomas Tripe
Thomas Caseley George Moole Robert Trueman
Andrew Choldwich Bartholomew Moore Thomas Trueman
William Clampet James Moore George Tucker
Gawen Clap John Moore Richard Twiston
Robert Clemmett Thomas Moore Andrew Tucker
Zachary Clemmett John Morrish Edward Tucker
Peter Clymsall Nicholas Myles John Tucker
Thomas Cocke John Narramore John Tuitt
Jasper Cockram Hugh Newcombe Thomas Underhill
Bartholomew Coffen William Newcombe John Vincen
Edward Cole Richard Norrish Richard Vincen
Mabel Collinges William Odam William Vincen
Christopher Comminge John  Olliver John Vinnicombe
Giles Comminge George Orchard John Vinnicombe
George Comminge Timothy Palm Edward Vinsent
John Comyn William Parr sen. Henry Voyse
Humphrey Crouch Christopher Passmore Christopher Waie
George Crosse Giles Paynter Laurence Wallis
John Crosse John Paynter Richard Warde
William Croute Richard Paynter John Ware
Gawen Davie Robert Paynter John Ware
John Davie William Paynter John Way
John Delve William Paynter Thomas Way
Richard Delve John Peathewicke Edward Waye
John Dennell William Peathewicke George Waye
Richard Dewlinge Thomas Perrie John Waye
Emmanuel Dingell John Perriman Richard Waye
Laurence Dingell Gawen Pethericke Richard Waymouth
George Distine Robert Philip John Wearman
George Distine Christopher Philp Richard Wearman
Henry Downe Humphrey Philp William Wearman
Peter Downe Jeremiah Pinscott Owen Weatheven
Thomas Downe John Prense Nicholas Webber
Thomas Drake Robert Prouse William Welse
John Drewe Bennett Puntt James Westcott
Richard Drewe Peter Pyne Nicholas Willey
Robert Drewe Humphrey Ragivate James Williams
Philip Duringe Alexander Reed Roger Wilson
Philip Duringe Nevill Reed William Wickley
James Eastchurch James Reeve Nicholas Winkley
Richard Eastchurch William Reeve John Winsor
John Eastcurch Robert Rolstone John Winsore
Richard Ebdon John Roode John Wiott
Richard Edmontes Robert Roode William Wiott
Thomas Edmontes Giles Rudgman Roger Wise
Michael Evens Richard Rudgman William Wise
Nicholas Evens William Russell William Wise
Henry Foorde George Salter Emmanuel Witchalse
Thomas Fox George Sampford Nicholas Wolcot
Christopher Frough John Sampford John Wollotton
Bartholomew Geale John Sampson  Benjamin Wreford
Geoffrey Geale Roger Sanford William Wright

Signed by 

Ellesus Coke- Vicar

John Cole -  Constable

Giles Toway - Churchwarden

Robert Tripe -  Churchwarden

Christopher Selman - Overseer

Richard Daling  - Overseer

 

* For many centuries, Devon was divided into 32 administrative districts or Hundreds for land tax purposes.
Taken from the transcription by A. J. Howard published in 1973 which is available in the West Country Studies Library, Exeter.                                                                                                              Courtesy: Devon County Council

 

 
 
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