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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.


Little Torrington was in the Parish of Torrington

Little Torrington was in the Hundred of Shebbear

The original spelling has been retained

Gabriel Adams
Hugh Dorracott
Roger Morish
Nicholas Aishton
Alexander Durrant
Thomas Pearson
Hercul Allyn
Anthony Durrant
Alexander Penhorwood
John Aveleigh
John Durrant sen .
Owen Phillips
Richard Averie
John Durrant jun.
Thomas Phillips
Leonard Baker
Joseph Durrant
Henry Pickard sen.
William Bale
Richard Eagre
Henry Pickeard jun.
John Balson
Edward Edwards
Jonas Pilman jun.
George Beist, Gent
Morgan Edwards
John Popham
James Bennett
John Esworthe
Simon Pudner
Leonard Bennett
Robert Froste
Robert Pugsley
Henry Blanchard
Thomas Gilbert
Abraham Rewe
John Bolte jun.
Philip Glawyn
John Rewe
John Bowden
Jerome Grile
John Robyns
John Bowden jun
Anthony Harris
Richard Robyns
Jonas Bowden
Thomas Harrys
Anthony Silyvan
Ralph Bowden
Thomas Hease
John Silyvan
Simon Bowden
Richard Newcombe sen.
Arthur Skewe
Thomas Bowden
Richard Newcombe jun.
Andrew Skynner
William Bowden
William Holt
John Sooper
John Boyes
William Hutchings
John Squire
John Briant
Richard Kennacott
Richard Stevens
John Brigg sen.
John Kingdon
John Sticke jun
John Burdon
Leonard Kingston
John Stocke sen.
Matthew Clogg
John Knight jun
Nicholas Syncock
Jerome Clogge
Richard Kynnick
James Tetherleigh
Robert Clogge
Richard Langdon
John Tetherleigh
Richard Copplestone, Gent
Thomas Lewys
Matthew Trace
Tristram Copplestone
Oliver Ley
Richard Tremeere
Hercules Copp
William Ley
Thomas Vanstone
John Copp
Roger Leygen
Samuel Vigures
Richard Copp
Valentine Leygen
John Whithyeare
Thomas Copp
John Lyle
Philip Whithyeare
William Copp
John Moor
Richard Willyams
Richard Darke
Michael Moore
Richard Years
Walter Davy
Terence More sen. Gent
John Yellowe

Thomas, Stephen and Edward Smitham, who are tinkers, and Thomas Breight did not take the protestation.

(The above names are in the same hand; the following five are signatures)

Alexander Ley - Clerk

Roger Wilshe - Constable

John Rewe - Churchwarden

Jerome Blanchard - Overseer

John Dimon - Overseer


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



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