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Devon County

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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 parishes

which are grouped in Hundreds*

Kentisbury belonged to the Hundred of Braunton

(The original spelling has been retained )

Robert Ball, Gent Robert Haywoode Joseph Pyne
Walter Bayly Christopher Hill sen. Humphrey Randall Esq.
Artenoll Beare Christopher Hill jun Laurence Rawle
Alexander Brayley John Hue Henry Richards
Anias Bryant John Husken John Richards
John Charely sen William Jones Richard Richards
John Charely jun John Lerwill Robert Richards, Gent
John Chollacombe John Lerwill John Rumsham
Edward Cloutman Richard Lerwill William Rumsham
Thomas Cloutman Geoffrey Locke John Shorland
Thomas Cutliffe John Lorde Anthony Slocombe
John Davy Matthew Lorde John Slocombe
Thomas Davy Andrew Luttrell, Gent Amias Vellacott
Thomas Duke Andrew Luttrell Edward Vellacott
John Dyer Hugh Luttrell William Vellacott
John Ellyott Thomas Mills John Vicary
Anthony Harris James Parking Thomas Warde
Peter Harris William Parking ----

(The above names are in  the same hand, the following is a signature)

Signed by 

Nathaniel Richards - Rector

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


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