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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.

South Milton belonged to the Hundred of Stanborough

The original spelling has been preserved

Edmund Adams Richard Harward John Penny
John Avent Robert Harward Richard Quarme
Walter Avent Roger Haukins William Rich
John Babb Anise Heare Matthew Roope, Gent.
Robert Babb Anthony Heare Edward Serich
Jahill Ball Austin Heare John Serich
John Ball, sen. John Heare Robert Serich
John Ball Roger Heare Richard Shott
Thomas Ball Thomas Heare Hugh Smyth
Andrew Boyes William Heare Robert Stall
Michael Boyes Andrew Hingston Arthur Stroode
Thomas Boyes James Hingston Nicholas Tabb
Peter Browne John Hingston, sen. George Wakeham
Samuel Casse John Hingston, jun. John Wakeham
John Chadder John Hingston Michael Wakeham
Andrew Cornish Roger Hingston Paul Wakeham
Martin Cornish Samuel Hingston Ralph Wakeham
Robert Cornish William Hingston Simon Wallis
Ambrose Crispin Christopher Lapthorne Philip Weatherdon
Thomas Cue John Lovell Edward Wetheridge
Peter Dier John Luccraft William Weatheridge
Thomas Drew Robert Markes Thomas Weatheridge
John Fearewhether Thomas Martin Thomas Windiett
William Fearewhether Anthony Mitchell Robert Woody
William Gilberd, Gent. Christopher Mitchel Alexander Woolcott
Andrew Harward Thomas Mitchelll -
John Harward John Oddiner -

(The above names are written in the same  hand . There are no additional signatures)


* 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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