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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.

Kingswear belonged to the Hundred of Haytor

The original spelling has been preserved

Nicholas Adams James Follett John Miller
George Aggenor Nicholas Follett John Monsteven
Thomas Aggenor Philip Follett William Monsteven
William Angere William Follett John Moore
Richard Ashe Edmund Ford Diggory Mose
Petherick Askin Edward Foster Thomas Mudd
Richard Ball William Foster William Norman
Edmund Barry Arthur Frankling Elias North
George Barton Gregory French John Nutt
Arthur Bayly Richard French Thomas Parker
James Beale William Gawden Hugh Payne
Andrew Bickford Edward Gilleard Hugh Potter
Robert Bissen George Groce Ralph Prowte
William Blackaller Gilbert Grove John Puckell
Francis Blighe Richard Hamblin Jonathan Rider
Robert Bonclarke Alexander Hammett John Rosamond
Lewis Borrage Philip Hannaford James Sharpham
William Borrage Edward Hardie John Sharpham
Peter Borton William Harris William Sherver
Thomas Borton John Hatch Philip Skinner
Robert Boulford John Hedidge William Skinner
James Bowde John Hiche John Sparke
Peter Bowde Christopher Hobb John Sparke
Humphrey Bowdon Thomas Hodges David Standing
Thomas Bremelcom William Honren William Stanninge
Nicholas Castle Humphrey Horwill William Starely
Benjamin Chard Charles Hutchins Andrew Stocker
Humphrey Churchward Henry Ingram Richard Sweete
John Churchward Thomas Jackson Edward Sweetland
Walter Churchwood Bennett James Roger Taylor
Richard Clarke Petherick John Thomas Taylor
John Coale John Lake Richard Thomas
William Codner Alexander Lambert William Thomas
John Collinge Philip Lange William Torryn
Alexander Crewe John Laskey Henry Trewant
Otho Crobere John Lea John Treworthy
William Crobere Christopher Leay Nicholas Treworthy
Hugh Cumberland Michael Lidston George Tucker
Richard Day Arthur Littlejohn Thomas Tucker
James Dummett John Littlejohn George Veale
John Dunning John Littlejohn Gregory Vryn
James Dyer Bernard Littleser John West
William Dyer John Littleser Robert Wheaton
John Earle Peter Loccram James Willeton
Henry Ellett William Loveringe John William
John Elson John Loye Robert William
Robert Eme John Manly John Willinge
Edward Evens John Marrott Alexander Wills
Nicholas Evens John Martin Edward Wolcom
Gilbert Fewre John Mathew William Wyatt
Thomas Foe John Milbery ----

(The names above  are all written in the same  hand)

Thomas Loveys - Pastor

William Harris - Constable

Thomas Hodges - Churchwarden

Thomas Aggener - Overseer

 (These names are signatures)

* 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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