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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.

Parishes are grouped in Hundreds*

Burrington belonged to the Hundred of North Tawton

John Allford Hugh Gose William Phillips
John Baple John Gosland George Poole sen.
Bartholomew Basse Sipes Gosland John Pyne
William Basse Richard Gubb John Quicke
John Bater Roger Hanfor William Radford
Richard Bater William Harris Thomas Reed
Roger Bater Hugh Heale sen. Andrew Roe
Thomas Bater Hugh Heale Henry Roe
William Beer Richard Heale William Roe
Alexander Benett Robert Heale sen. John Routley
Alexander Benett jun. Robert Heale jun. Humphrey Saule
John Benett Thomas Heale Thomas Saule
William Bevians William Heard Baldwin Shapland
Hannibal Blackmore John Hernaman Edward Shapland
John Bluett Alexander Heywood George Shapland
John Bright Thomas Heywood Hugh Shapland
John Bright William Heywood John Shapland sen.
Lewis Britton Henry Hill John Shapland jun.
William Cappe Anthony Hooper Richard Shapland
David Chichester John Isacke Roger Shapland
Joseph Clatworthy William Isacke Humphrey Skinner
Robert Clatworthy Griffin Jones Sebastian Skyner
William Clevanger John Landey William Skyner
Conet Cobley Humphrey Lee Philip Skynner
William Coginges Philip Lee William Skynner
Nicholas Coke Sipes Lee Francis Stukley gent.
Joseph Colle William Lee of Weeke John Swortridge
John Conbridge sen. Edward Limber Andrew Symons
John Conbridge jun. John Limbert Brendon Symons
Jacob Copper Richard Locke Hugh Tayler
Henry Dagford John Luxon John Thorne
Hugh Dagford Richard Luxon Humphrey Toms
John Dagford William Luxon Gabriel Torner
Roger Dagford William Luxon jun. Jeremy Torner
Christopher Davy sen. Robert Manley Sipes Torner
Christopher Davy jun. John Marke jun John Troute
Francis Davy John Marker Andrew Tucker
Augustine Deacon Hugh Molland John Tucker
George Densham Richard Molland Peter Tucker
John Dobb John Moyse Richard Tucker
Robert Dyer Robert Moyse William Vadon
Henry Facie George Narracott John Vanston
James Foord Hugh Nott George Vicary
Jeremy Ford Richard Paddon John Voakes
John Ford sen. Joseph Parkinge Edward Webber
John Ford jun. Lewis Paseley Hugh Webber
John Ford John Pennecott John Webber
John Ford William Pennicott Stephen Webber
Robert Ford George Penniford William Webber
William Ford Alexander Perkinge Hugh Westacke
William Friggens gent. Thomas Perkinge William Whitlocke

Signed by 

William Harvey - Vicar

Alexander Wyvell - Constable

John Molland - Constable

John Davey - Churchwarden

Andrew Hagford - Churchwarden

Alexander Wyvell - Overseer

William Durham - Overseer

Robert Powe - Overseer

* 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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