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DITTISHAM 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 crown. 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.  A transcription is available in the West Country Studies Library in Exeter.

The Protestation Returns are arranged by parish.

Dittisham belonged to the Hundred of Coleridge

The original spelling has been preserved

Edward Abbett Francis Furlonge Adam Martyne
Edward Abbett John Garrett Henry Martyne
Adam Allen Walter Gill Hugh Martyne
Ambrose Austyne John Graye James Martyne
Henry Austyne Thomas Gytton Thomas Martyne
John Austyne John Hale William Martyne
Alexander Baddeford John Hannaver Edward Mayne
Gregory Baddeford John Hannaver John Mayne
Henry Baddeford John Hanneford Thomas More
John Baddeford Richard Harris John Narracott
John Baddeford Thomas Harris Geoffrey Nowell
Roger Baddeford Gowen Hatch Giles Parnell
Thomas Baddeford Roger Hawkins Robert Peeke
Thomas Baddeford Richard Hill Alexander Pengyllye
Thomas Baddeford Richard Hilsdone John Philpe
John Baker Richard Hilsdone Theophilus Philpe
John Berrye Walter Hilsdone Peter Putt
Brian Browne John Hodge William Putt
Richard Burges Bryan Hoyle John Pyne
Thomas Burges Nicholas Hoyle John Reepe
Thomas Burges Thomas Hoyle Thomas Rowe
Hugh Burt John Hunt William Rowe
Thomas Cantrell Richard Hurst Thomas Shapleye
Ambrose Cartwright Nicholas Jaules Edward Sharpham
Brian Cartwright Thomas Johns Hercules Snellinge
Henry Cartwright Philip Kelland Thomas Snellinge
Thomas Cartwright Thomas Kelland Henry Steere
Elias Churchwarde Thomas Kelland Henry Strode
Philip Cocke John Kellonde Henry Tayler
Thomas Colleford Robert Kinge Vincent Tayler
Henry Colleford Robert Langdon Henry Torrynge
Richard Colleford Robert Lange Leonard Tozer
James Derrye John Leach Brian Tucker
Thomas Derrye John Leach Vincent Tuckerman
Thomas Derrye William Leach William Vabsleye
Christopher Dige John Lewes William Varde
Christopher Downinge Peter Lillycrape Arthur Wakeham
Richard Downinge John Longe Samuel Wakeham
John Drew Roger Lowman Robert Walter
Henry Edgecombe Edward Loye John Weekes
Alexander Efford John Luke Christopher Wills
Samuel Efforde John Luke Samson Wise
Andrew Emott John Lyne John Yelland
Richard Forde Richard Lyne Christopher Yellande
Richard Fourtayne Stephen Madlande James Yellands
Thomas Forygwell Thomas Mager ----

 

John Strode - Rector

Arthur Baddaford - Constable

Alan Baddaford

Nicholas Hutt - Constable

William Luke - Constable

William Austin

Adam Line

The above are all in the same hand.

* For many centuries, Devon was divided into 32 administrative districts or Hundreds for land tax purpose.

 
 
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