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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.

Harberton belonged to the Hundred of Coleridge

The original spelling has been preserved

James Abraham John Harvey Arthur Rowe
Henry Adam Nicholas Harvey Nicholas Rowe
George Andrew Richard Harvey Leonard Russell
Robert Baker Robert Harvey Andrew Sanders
Bartholomew Bannicke Roger Harvey John Sanders
John Barry William Harvey Nicholas Sarah
Edward Beere Henry Heilde Edward Sharpam
Richard Beere Thomas Heyt Peter Sharpam
William Berry William Hingston Peter Sharpam
Henry Bickford George Hobbs Robert Sheere
Matthew Blackaler Andrew Hodge Gregory Shillabere
William Blackaler Thomas Hodge Robert Shillabere
George Blackley William Hodge John Short
Richard Bowhey Henry Howse Stephen Shortt
Philip Brimacombe William Howse Richard Simon
Christopher Brokinge John Hupham John Simons
John Browling John Hurse Robert Skriche
James Browne Samuel Hurse William Smith
Tobias Browne Nathaniel Huxham John Solter
Richard Browse John Hynes George Somaster
William Bunker John Jesper Alexander Soper
Robert Carew William Jesper Crispin Soper
John Cawsey Richard King John Squier
Edward Cholwiche William Knowles John Stadston
John Coale John Knowling Thomas Stapp
Crispin Cole Peter Knowling Laurence Sterk
John Colmore Richard Knowling Thomas Stevens sen.
Edward Colton Robert Knowling Thomas Stevens jun.
John Colton Thomas Knowling Thomas Stevens
Peter Colton Nicholas Langley  Henry Stidston
Robert Colton Walter Langworthy William Stidston
Roger Colton John Laver Robert Stoning
Thomas Colton Crispin Lavers John Stonning
Walter Colton Edward Lavers Nicholas Sunter
Henry Coltor Henry Lavers William Sweeteland
Robert Colwell Nicholas Lavers Paul Symons
Joseph Coole Thomas Lavers sen. Robert Symons
John Coombe Thomas Lavers jun. Simon Tamblen
Henry Coulton Thomas Leach Henry Taper
John Cowles Roger Ledden John Tayler
Alexander Creese John Leonard Solomon Taylor
John Crocker sen. William Lidden John Thorne
John Crocker jun. Thomas Linscott Thomas Tippett
Abel Crossings John Locke John Tolchard
Tristram Crowkeere Richard Locke William Tolcher
Andrew Cruse Thomas Locke Nicholas Toope
William Cutmore Nicholas Lucas John Toser
Henry Damarell David Luccraft Nicholas Townsend
Thomas Darke John Luscomb Roger Tozer
John Dayman Henry Lyons William Trag
William Digins Thomas Marks Peter Treble
John Distinge Nicholas Marten Arthur Trist
Hugh Dottin John Melde Thomas Trist
Walter Dottin Andrew Michell James Tucker
Thomas Dottyn Thomas Michell Angel Tuckerman
Robert Dowde John Michelmoore Hugh Tickerman
John Downing John Milces John Tuckerman
William Drake William Neele Thomas Tuckerman
Thomas Edwards John Nereland Richard Turent
John Efford John Neyle Crispin Turpin
Samuel Efford Roger Neyle Crispin Turpin
Edward Elliott Walter Neyle Hugh Turpin
James Elliotte Walter Neylie Nathaniel Turpin
Richard Elliotte John Nichoales Richard Turpin
Thomas Elliotte John Nicholls Thomas Turpin
Richard Emmette John Norris Walter Turpin
Nicholas Emmette Mr John Norwer Nicholas Voysey
John Eveling Henry Padden Thomas Voysey sen.
John Eveling John Padden Thomas Voysey jun.
Thomas Eveling William Payne Robert Walterman
Walter Evelinge Thomas Pearse sen. Christopher Ward
Edward Evens Thomas Pearse jun. William Warren
Richard Everye Andrew Perdon Gilbert Wascotte
Andrew Farell Nicholas Perrott John Weekes
Jojhn Feade Gilbert Perse William Weekes
Philip Fleshman John Phillipps Arthur Weeks
Thomas Ford Richard Phillipps sen Edward Weeks
William Ford Richard Phillipps jun. John Weeks
John Fox John Philp William Welchman
Henry Foxe Thomas Philpe Walter Wellinge
Robert Foxe Andrew Pinwell Daniel Wescott
Nicholas Francis Nicholas Pinwell Nathaniel Westcotte
John Gale Henry Pitts Richard Wette
Giles Galsworthy John Pitts John Wilder
Zezerell Gardner Richard Potter John Willey
John Gaspotte Robert Prin William Williams
Crispin Gelligo Zachary Prin Andrew Willing
Peter Graye Nicholas Proute George Windett
John Hancouke John Putt John Winklemoore sen.
Giles Hannaford John Putt Richard Withecombe
John Hannaford Richard Querne Thomas Woodsen
John Hannaford William Rawling Edmund Wotton
Nicholas Hannaford George Richardson Walter Wotton
Benjamin Harris Henry Rider William Wotton
Robert Harris Thomas Ripston Francis Yeo
Nicholas Hart John Roger George Young
Andrew Harvey Simon Rogers sen. -----
Hugh Harvey Simon Rogers jun -----

John Carew - Vicar

John Wyse - Churchwarden

Henry Pitts - Churchwarden

John Berrey - Constable

Andrew Huxhorn - Constable

John Michell - Overseer

Nicholas Eveling - Overseer

Christopher Hodge - Overseer

John Taching - Overseer


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


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