^ Home
< Back
? Search
Print this page




Devon County

Devonshire Rgt.

Directory Listings





Parish Records




War Memorials



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.

Highweek is a suburb of Newton Abbot. It belonged to the Hundred of Teignbridge

(The original spelling has  been retained)

Stephen Alford William Griffin William Prouse
Gregory Archer Anthony Hawker Samuel Randle
John Archer William Hayward Thomas Randle
William Ash John Haywood John Searle
Richard Babb William Haywood Peter Segar
Richard Ball Robert Herrick John Sellar
John Blackaller Thomas Hoare William Smerdon
Francis Bond William Kennick William Snow
James Border Absalom King Mark Somerhay
William Boyes John Rooke Christopher Soper
Samuel Brockbank William Langdon Thomas Splatt
Henry Brockedon Christopher Langmead John Staffild
Wlater Bullie John Langworthy Gilbert Sugar
Augustine Burston Jonas Lasky Richard Sugar snr.
Thomas Butland William Lasky Richard Sugar jnr.
John Carary John Lavers Gilbert Toolston
George Carpenter William Lee Anthony Torstcott snr.
Gregory Carpenter Christopher Linsy John Trehiddon
John Carpenter sen. Thomas Maior Robert Tucker
John Carpenter jnr. James May William Underhay
John Carpenter Jeremy May John Vallence
William Carpenter Thomas May Thomas Veales
Richard Clarke Henry Miller Richard Vinnicombe
William Clouter Roger Mortimer William Wandle
Richard Cocke John Moses William Ward
Thomas Denshere John Mouson John Webber
Gilbert Dyar John Nickolls snr. Thomas Webber
Matthew Dyar Richard Nicholls Anthony Wescott
Christopher Edwards Richard Nicholls John Wetherdon snr.
Richard Field jnr. Walter Nickolls Richard White
Richard Ford Hugh Parsons William Wills
George Gale John Parsons Anthony Wilston
Gilbert Gale Richard Parsons Richard Windeat
Gregory Gale William Parsons Edward Witherdon
George Cocker Ewen Perratt Gregory Witherdon
Joshua Grace John Perratt John Witherdon jnr.
William Grace Robert Pethebridge James Woodcock
Roger Grant Gilbert Prouse William Worth
George Gray John Prouse snr. Michael Yard, gent.
Gregory Gray John Prouse jnr. Walter Yard, Esq.
John Gray Richard Prouse snr. -

Signed by 

Thomas Bridgman - Curate

Gregory Segar - Constable

Christopher Coyle - Constable

Christopher Babb - Overseer

Thomas Stephens - Churchwarden

George Franklin - Churchwarden

*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


^ Home
< Back
? Search
Print this page