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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 parish.

North Molton belonged to the Hundred of  South Molton

The original spelling has been preserved

Thomas Abbett John Delbridge John Locke
Richard Abbott jun. Arthur Devye John Locke
William Abbott Robert Donne John Locke
Richard Abbott sen. George Doule John Locke
Peter Bareman John Drewe John Locke
John Base John Dutton John Locke
John Beage Christopher Dynnes John Locke
George Beerde Edmond Dynnes sen. Robert Locke
William Beere Edmond Dynnes jun. Thomas Locke
John Belment Richard Elsone Thomas Locke
Anthony Belmonte Christopher Exter William Locke
John Belmente sen Edward Frese William Locke
John Belmente jun William Frooyte William Locke
William Belmente Thomas Frost Abraham Longe
John Bere Henry Furse Christopher Longe
Abraham Berre Jophn Gagge William Looseman
William Berry Gregory Glosse Hugh Loosemoore
John Berrye William Glosse Henry Mareman
Christopher Blake John Gould Richard Mareman
William Blake John Gould Thomas Maunder
Richard Bond Michael Gould John Maxworthye
John Braye Richard Gould Thomas Maye
Charles Braye Rolbert Gould Christopher Mereman
Walter Braye Silvester Gould James Merman
William Braye Thomas Gould Edward Merrimen
Ellis Bregents William Gould Edward Mills
Achilles Breye English Gould Anthony Mole
John Breye Christopher Greenslade Daniel Mole
Richard Breye Edward Grove Henry Mole
Thomas Bright Horton Gryffie John Mole
Anthony Burgis Robert Gune John Mole
Henry Burgis Thomas Gune Michael Mole
Hugh Burgis John Haggis William Mole
John Burgis sen. John Harries William Mole
John Burgis sen. Richard harries Hugh More
John Burgis jun. George Heacovke Thomas Moremen
John Burgis jun. Abraham Hearth John Morrishe
John Burgis John Hearth John Muxworthy
John Burgis William  Heaton William Nicholas
John Burgis Anthony Heele Jonas Nicholes
John Burgis Gregory Heele William Nicholes
John Burgis John Heele sen. Robert Nogell
Michael Burgis John Heele jun. John Norrishe
Thomas Burgis M ichael Heele Anthony Notte
William Burgis John Hemes John Notte
Anthony Bush Robert Heyman Thomas Notte
John Bushone John Hill Henry Pasemoore
John Chenter William Hill John Pasemoore
John Childone Andrew Hobbs Matthew Pasemoore
Henry Clarke John Hobbs Richard Pasemoore
Thomas Clarke John Hooper William Pasemoore
Thomas Cligge George Hunte Richard Pencocke
John Clotworthye John Hunte William Penrose
Robert Cockeram John Huxtable Philip Pepper
John Cole sen. John Jecobi Walter Perone
John Cole jun. Henry Kingdone Walter Persons
Oliver Cole Jasper Kingdone George Peterridge
Samuel Cole John Kingdone Thomas Pinckcombe sen.
William Cole Philip Kingdone Bartholomew Pinckcombe
Thomas Compyne, Gent Richard Kingdone Thomas Pinkcombe
Hugh Corder William Kingdone John Priddom
Peter Courtney, Gent Robert Kinge John Pryer
James Daine William  Kingsland Nicholas Purchase jun.
George Davie Michael Kingstone Hugh Pyke
George Davie Henry Lake John Radley sen.
Robert Davie Thomas Lake John Radley jun
Henry Davye Hugh Lee William Reade
John Davye Nathaniel Lee John Reede
John Davye Roger Lee Robert Reede
John Davye John Lewdie William Reede
John Davye Philip Lickedone John Rewe
Richard Davye Anthony Locke Abraham Scotte
Jonathan Dee Charles Locke John Senger
William Dee Henry Locke John Setter



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



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