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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.

Broadwood Widger belonged to the Hundred of Lifton

The original spelling has been preserved

Daniel Adam William Hancocke John Row
John Allyn Humphrey Harris William Row
Gilbert Ansties Richard Harry William Saidge
Thomas Badcock John Harvy Henry Sargent
Sidrach Baskavile Edmund Haskings Diggory Secombe
Samson Beale Robert Headon Joseph Sheere
Francis Beare Robert Hockaday John Sheere
Richard Beare William Hopper Robert Sheere
George Bickle Rawling Jagoe Thomas Sheere
John Bickle Thomas Jeffry John Short
Ezekiel Blighe James Karkrike Robert Sitwell
Anthony Bridgeman John Karkrike Ambrose Skelly
Ezekiel Burnard William Karkrike Gregory Skelly sen.
William Cade John Lake Gregory Skelly jun.
Tristram Clarke Philip Lang Henry Skelly
Diggory Cocke John Luxmore Thomas Skelly
Jerome Cockram John Marten William Skelly sen.
John Courtise Thomas Marten William Skelly jun
Oliver Courtise John Mathew John Sleeman
William Courtise sen. Thomas Mathew John Sleman
William Courtise jun. John May Robert Sleman
William Creber Clement Meggs Walter Skelly
John Croker John Meggs Edward Soper
John Cullacott Arthur Moore John Soper
John Cullacott William Moore Gent John Soper 
Nicholas Cullacott Robert Moore Gdent Richard Soper
Robert Cullacott Sampson Moore Gent Robert Soper
Thomas Cullacott William Norcombe William Soper
William Dabb Robert Orchard William Soper
John Doidge John Osborne Richard Southwood
Roger Doidge Arthur Paige William Sprye
George Dynham Mark Paige Arthur Stoneman
James Edward Benedict Palmer Richard Symon
Thomas Edward John Palmer Richard Symons
Thomas Flaack Gent. John Palmer Arthru Tooker
John Frost Nicholas Palmer John Tooker
Richard Fryer Richard Palmer William Tooker
Edward Gale Robert Palmer John Turner
John Gale Roger Palmer Richard Turner
Humphrey Gibbins Thomas Palmer William Turner
James Gilbert Thomas Palmer jun. William Veale
Oliver Giles Vincent Palmer James Webbe
Richard Gile William Palmer Gent Edward Weekes
 ?Glanfield Thomas Pengelly Ropger Weekes
Charles Greach John Quance Oliver Westlake
Gregory Gregory William Quance Robert Wills
John Hamblin Thomas Randle Robert Zegar
Robert Hambly John Richards -----

Richard Adams - Curate

Richard  Luxmoore - Constable

Richard Fryer - Constable

William Sprye _ Constable

John Doidge - Churchwarden

Oliver Doidge - Churchwarden

John Weekes - Overseer

Thomas Courtise - Overseer

John Drowne - Overseer

James Ball - Overseer 

All the above names in the same hand


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


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