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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.

which are grouped in Hundreds*

Ide belonged to the Hundred of Exminster

(The original spelling has been retained - note "Qualter" for "Walter" etc. )

William Abbott John Haine snr. William Odam
George Arnold John Haine jnr. John Paddie
William Arnold John Haine Benedict Paddon
John Arundell Robert Haine James Paddon
Edmund Avante Thomas Haine snr. John Paddon
Anthony Band Thomas Haine jnr. Andrew Paine
Humphrey Band Bartholomew Harefoote John Painter
John Band Gualter Haukins snr. Humphrey Pamer
Joshua Band Gualter Haukins jnr. Nicholas Parr
Thomas Band Richard Hearle snr. Morgan Phillie
John Banfield Richard Hearle jnr. Richard Phillie
John Barnes John Hellier Thomas Pinse
Matthew Barnes Nicholas Hellier William Plea
Peter Bartlett Robert Hellier snr. Thomas Pliho
Roger Bennett John Helman Rowland Pope jun.
Jenkin Bidder Gregory Helmore Mark Potter snr.
John Blackler Edward Heyman Mark Potter jnr.
Henry Bowden snr. John Heyman William Prowze
Henry Bowden jnr.  Josias Heyman Vincent Pudney
John Bowden Roger Hicks Josias Quantike
Nicholas Browte Richard Hobs William Rendell
John Burdon Zacharias Hobs Abraham Reymonde
John Burlice John Hole Geoffrey Richards
John Can John Hooper Richard Ridgway gent.
Edward Carpenter Robert Hooper James Rodgers
John Chub Thomas Hooper John Rogers
Richard Coldrich William Horne Timothy Rowe
Josias Collins Ralph Horwoode Edward Rugg
Henry Croker Gregory Ipsley Philip Salmon
John Croker Elizeus Jefferie Michael Shilston
Robert Crufte John Jenkin Roger Shurland
John Cummins John Jerniee Thomas Smalridge
John Easterbrooke snr. Charles Jervice Christopher Smith
John Easterbrooke jnr. Andrew Kitt James Smith
Richard Easterbrooke Christopher Lammacraft Roger Smith
Robert Easterbrooke Richard Lange Mark Snow
William Easterbrooke sen. Thomas Langler Charles Soutt
William Easterbrooke jnr. Hugh Luxton Philip Steevans
Arthur Edward Richard Maior John Strang
Richard Ellard William Man George Suthcombe
John Ellett snr. John Martin Oliver Symmes
John Ellett jnr. Robert May John Thorne
Wiliam Ellett George Moreman Samuel Toser
Humphrey Exon Gerunce Moreman Qualter Tribute
Peter Farrante William Mortimore Humphrey Webber
William Filmore Richard Mungey John Westerne
Amos Foord John Murch Henry Whiffenge
John Geeke William Nicholls John White
Thomas Glanvell   George Norrish jnr. John White
John Gold Christopher Odam snr. Roger White
Daniel Goodinge Christopher Odam jnr. William Willis
Philip Griffin Henry Odam -
William Growden Thomas Odam -

Signed by

William Satterley - Chaplain

Richard Ducks - Churchwarden

Thomas Horne - Churchwarden

John Norris - Constable

William Mungey - Collector

Rowland Pope - Collector

* 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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