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Devon County

Devonshire Rgt.

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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

Dunchideock belonged to the Hundred of Exminster

The original spelling has been preserved

John Bickley Stephen Haine Nathaniel Radford
John Bragg Richard Hunt Anthony Row
Nicholas Challice Thomas Hunt James Row
Anthony Collinges Anthony Laben Thomas Row
Mr. Thomas Cooper Thomas Lane Thomas Smalridge
John Cornish John Lightfoot Hercules Stockman
Roger Cornish Henry Morrish William Taylor
Vincent Cornish James Morrish John Tregoss
Henry Dudeny Robert Moxey Richard Tregoss
Nicholas Dudeny John Phillips Walter Tregoss
William Dudeny William Pidgine John Walterman
Thomas Edmonds James Pittman William Warr
Thomas Floud John Pittman Benedict Way
Richard Glowen William Pittman sen. Henry Widborough
John Gosse William Pittman jun. William Widborough
Christopher Hackwell John Prowse ----
Richard Hackwell George Quosh ----

William Stooke - Curate

(All  name in the hand of William Stooke)

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


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