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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.

Hennock belonged to the Hundred of Teignbridge

The original spelling has been preserved

William Abraham John Leach Hugh Rockewell
John Arthur John Leaker Bartholomew Sainthill
Richard Arthur John Leaker jun Michael Satterly
Philip Avent Richard Leaker Bartholomew Seale
Henry Baker William Leaker sen. John Seale
Peter Baker William Leaker Peter Seale
Humphrey Bawdon William Leaker Robert Seale
Roger Berrie Stephen Longe William Seale
Bennet Burnell Robert Manninge John Seaward
Mark Burnell Peter Marks James Seawarde
Andrew Carpenter John Martine sen William Shapply
Richard Cater John Martine jun John Skenes
Jeremy Clampitt sen. John Mawrie William Smale
Jeremy Clampitt jun William Mawrie Edward Smalridge
Richard Clampitt George Merdon Thomas Smith
Alexander Codner John Merdon William Smith sen.
William Cole Michael Merdon William Smith jun
George Collins Richard Merdon Robert Staddon
Zachary Connant Thomas Merdon Thomas Tayler
George Cornish George Murch John Tozer
Robert Cotleigh John Osbroome Alexander Vallence
William Creedford sen Bennet Oxenham Richard Venicombe
William Creedford jun Hugh Pawly William Venicombe
George Darke John Pethebridge Richard Voysey
Michael Dendney John Pethibridge William Voysey sen
Robert Dolinge Peter Pethibridge William Voysey jun
Thomas Ellacombe Robert Pethibridge Michael Warde
John Ford Robert Pethibridge Thomas Washer
Richard Forde Thomas Pethibridge Simon Weekes
Roger Follett William Pethibridge George Westcott
John Fulford Richard Philpe Christopher Wilkin
William Gradon George Pinsent Ambrose Wills
George Harris John Pinsent Francis Wills
John Harris sen. Richard Pinsent John Wills
John Harris jun. Richard Pinsent Richard Wills
Henry Hernaman Richard Pinsent William Wills
Hugh Hoddy sen. Gent Robert Pinsent Thomas Wilmead sen
Hugh Hoddy jun. Thomas Pinsent Thomas Wilmead jun
Henry Hooper Thomas Pinsent John Winsouth
John Hore Edward Pooke John Woolcott
Richard Hore Jacob Pope George Wreaford
Jonas Hunt Christopher Potter John Wreaford sen
Richard Hurford George Potter John Wreaford jun
Richard Jackson John Potter sen John Wreaford of Nepton
Richard Jackson John Potter of Kelly John Wreaford
Zachary Jackson Thomas Prowse jun Thomas Wreaford
Zachary Jackson Richard Quoysh -
Oliver Joanes John Rennell -

James Forbes - Vicar

Hugh Philp - Churchwarden

Godfry Vesey - Churchwarden

Willikam Surrage - Constable

Adrian Jacob - Constable

John Pridame - Constable

Thomas Gove - Constable

Thomas Leere _ Constable

* 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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