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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.

Filleigh belonged to the Hundred of Braunton

The original spelling has been preserved

Humphrey Bale Robert Harris Richard Stephens
Roger Bawament Anthony Jennings Andrew Stevens
Richard Blake Edward Jennings Henry Stevens
John Borne John Keene Anthony Sticke
Henry Braily Thomas Luckis Hanry Takle
William Braylie Hugh Martin John Takle
Edward Brayly Pascoe May William Thomas
John Brayly Thomas Mills John Turner
Thomas Brayly Richard Paddon Lewis Turner
John Cottye William Pincombe Anthony Upham
John Cuttly John Pugsley Robert Vicarie
Thomas Davie George Pugsley George Visicke
Robert Dennis Richard Reed Richard Yea
Henry Greeneway Samuel Somervill Thomas Yea
Edmund Gould George Spurle sen. -
Alexander Hales George Spurle, jnr. -

Signed by 

John Hawkins - Rector

Lewis Pincombe - Churchwarden

Richard Blake - Churchwarden

Thomas Tucker - Overseer

John Pugsley - Overseer


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


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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