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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.

Coldridge belonged to the Hundred of North Tawton*

The original spelling has been preserved

Henry Babbacombe George Halse Thomas Rice
John Barrett James Harvey Thomas Russell
Paul Barrett Thomas Helliar William Sanders
Richard Bidle Gilbert Jardin Zachary Sanders
John Bromswood Lewis Jardon Achilles Searle
Ananias Buckingham John Kingdome John Shobrocke
William Buckingham Richard Lee Roger Slee
Thomas Burne Philip Leyman Barnard Somer
William Burne Robert Loosemore Christopher Somers
George Callard Robert Lupon William Sort
Peter Causey sen. John Maine Richard Sticke
Peter Causey Roger Oldinge Thomas Sticke
Anthony Clotworthy John Parker Henry Stonman
Anthony Cockeram Thomas Parker Michael Thorne
Andrew Collin William Peacocke John Underhill
John Dart sen. Thomas Pearson John Underhill
John Dart George Peperell Roger Varley
Anthony Davyes John Peperell Thomas Varley sen.
John Drake sen. Robert Perrott William Varley
John Drake jun. Thomas Perse Augustine Warren
John Drake John Pike William Warren
Richard Drake sen. Richard Pike George Waye sen.
Richard Drake Philip Pile sen. John Waye
William Drake Philip Pile jun Richard Waye
William Drake Anthony Ponsford Robert Waye sen.
Henry Dyer Brut Pope (sic) Robert Waye jun.
Peter Dyer John Pridham sen. William Waye
Jonas Edgcombe Thomas Pridham sen. Henry Weeks
John Evans Thomas Pridham Augustine Western
Richard Evans Thomas Pridham Thomas Western sen.
William Ganinge George Priest Thomas Western jun.
Humphrey Gibbings Henry Reed George Wheaton
John Gibbings John Reed George Whey
Thomas Gibbings Richard Reed Robert Wilson
Walter Gibbings Augustine Reymont
James Greenslade John Rice

Signed by 

John Cooke - Clerk

John Kelland - Clerk

* 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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