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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 Molton  belonged to the Hundred of South Molton

The original spelling has been preserved

Thomas Allen William Freane Robert Pethebridge
William Allen, ( Mayor) William Fryer William Phillips
William Allen sen Andrew Gardener Richard Philpe
William Allen jun Robert Gardener John Pilman
Thomas Allyn William Gardner Henry Pincombe
Robert Amorye sen Diggory Garrante Robert Pincombe
Robert Amorye jun Humphrey Gibbons Robert Pincombe
Robert Amorye Roger Gill Faithful Pitforde
Thomas Arnalde Henry Glowen George Please
Robert Ash Mr. Robert Goldstone,  Richard Please
Martin Asher Joshua Gorde Arthur Pollard
Timothy Asher Thomas Gosse Robert Pollard
Peter Arwill Edward Graddon Daniel Poundesworth
John Averye John Graddon John Pranse
Robert Averye John Graddon George Pugsleigh
Austin Badcocke sen. Walter Grante Richard Pulleye
Austin Badcocke John Greade William Punchard
Austin Badcocke Nathaniel Greade Humphrey Pyle
Hugh Badcocke sen Austin Greenewaye Baldwin Quicke.
Hugh Badcocke jun. Philip Greenslad jun. William Quicke
John Badcocke sen Philip Greenslade sen George Radleye
John Badcocke, sen. Humphrey Gribble Richard Radleye
John Badcocke, jun Davy Griffie Thomas Radnorde
John Badcocke John Griffie John Ralle
Simon Badcocke Rice Griffye Christopher Rashleigh
Thomas Badcocke George Grubham sen. Robert Rendell
William Badcocke George Grubham jun. John Rew
William Badcocke Thomas Gunne Richard Rew
Humphrey Baker Philip Hante Robert Rew
Oliver Ball Peter Hurlstone Robert Reymer
John Balment Thomas Harris James Rice
Edmund Bande William Harris John Rice
Richard Bande William Harvy John Rice
Diggory Barber Arthur Hatch Christopher Richards
John Barnehouse Thomas Hatch Esq. John Richards sen.
Anthony Barons Benjamin Hawkins John Richards jun.
Edward Barons Thomas Hawkins Joshua Richards
John Barons John Heale sen. Nicholas Richards
Nicholas Barons John Heale jun. Simon Richards
Richard Barons sen. Anthony Heddon William Richards
Richard Barons jun. Ambrose Herde Andrew Rodd
Robert Barons Richard Herde Philip Rodde
Elias Basse William Herde John Rogerman
George Basse Henry Herder William Rookes
William Basse John Herder John Row
Pentecost Bawden John Herdinge John Rowcliffe
Robert Beaton William Herdinge Thomas Rowcliffe
Philip Beere Ambrose Herds Richard Rowdon
William Beere Henry Hernaman Robert Rowdon
Jonas Bendell Luke Hernaman Robert Rowdon
George Bicknor Oliver Herson Simon Rowdon
George Bicknor James Heywood Anthony Rowe
John Bidgood John Heywood Edward Rowe
Roger Bidgood John Heywood John Rowe
William Bidgood Macklyne Heywood Thomas Rudge
William Bidgood jun Thomas Heywood Richard Rumbelowe
Humphrey Bidlake William Heywoode John Sannacott
James Birde Hugh HIll George Saunders
Alexander Birdes George Hobbes Roger Scott
John Bishop sen George Hobbes George Seage
John Bishop jun Geoffrey Hobbes sen. William Seage
Bennet Blagrove Geoffrey Hobbes jun. John Seaman
John Blakemoore George Hobbes Stephen Seller
Edmund Bond Henry Hobbes William Seller
Roger Bond Henry Hobbes George Shabrake
John Bowden John Hobbes Simon Shappon
William Bowdon John Hobbes John Shapton
Lewis Branlye Matthew Hobbes John Shapton
Edward Braye Richard Hobbes Richard Shapton
Nicholson Braylye William Hobbes William Shapton
Thomas Braylye Benjamin Howe John Sharland
Thomas Braylye Henry Howell Henry Shatticke
Thomas Braylye jun Nicholas Howell Jonathan Shatticke
John Braylye Thomas Howell John Sheplande
Philip Bretton John Huett Robert Sherland
Edward Brewer Anthony Hunt William Sherland
Robert Bright Anthony Hunt Thomas Sherlande
John Broad jun. Humphrey Hunt Humphrey Shobrooke
John Broade sen John Hunt Abraham Shopland
Francis Broade Nicholas Hunt Thomas Shoplande
Walter Broade Oliver Hunt Robert Shorte
Humphrey Broadmeade Philip Hunt Thomas Shorte
John Broadmeade Richard Hunt Geoffrey Shutt
William Broadmeade Richard Hunt Jerome Shutt
William Brooke Robert Hunte John Shutt
Henry Bruse Thomas Hunt George Skinner
Henry Buckingham William Hunt Humphrey Skinner
Humphrey Buckingham John Hunte John Skinner
John Buckingham Andrew Hurlstone Roger Skinner
John Buckingham Arthur Hurlstone John Slade
Nicholas Buckingham William Hutton John Sl;ade
Robert Buckingham Michael Huxstable William Slade
Simon Buckingham Austin Isaacke William Slade
Stephen Buckingham Jonas Jake Richard Slocombe
Thomas Buckingham Thomas Jake George Smale
William Buckingham Davy Jesse William Smale
Robert Bullen Peter Jesse Jenkin Smith
John Burges Richard Jesse Richard Smith
John Burges William Jesse Henry Snow
John Burges John Jewell George Sprage
Christopher Bushom Thomas Jewell Mr William Squier, 
Diggory Calve Lewis Jones WilliamSquier,
Robert Canne Richard Jones George Squyer
Humphrey Carder William Jones Samuel Squyer 
Thomas Carder Clement Keene Thomas Steele
George Carpenter George Keene John Stevens
Henry Carpenter John Kerswill Andrew Stower
Robert Carpenter John Kerswill Christopher Summer
Anthony Carter Stephen Kerswill John Sutton
Henry Chaire John Kingdon Anthony Takell
Edmund Challacombe Gabriel Kinge John Takett
Henry Challacombe James Kinge Thomas Tarbutt
John Challacombe Joshua Kinge Emanuel Taw
Edward Chappell Thomas Kinge John Tayler
George Chappell William Kinge Anthony Tepper sen.
Henry Chappell John Kingland Anthony Tepper jun.
John Chappell Richard Kingsland Edward Tepper
Mattthew Chappington Walter Kingsland George Tepper
George Chapple Humphrey Knighte   John Tepper
Robert Chichester Michael Knowle John Tepper
Henry Chinicke Joshua Lake William Tepper
Alexander Clatworthye Lewis Lake William Tepper
John Cleeve, sen Robert Lake Alexander Teye
John Cleeve jun Thomas Lake sen. John Teye
Roger Cleeve Thomas Lake William Thomas
Andrew Clement Thomas Langbridge William Thomas
Benjamin Clegge Robert Langdon Adrian Thorne
William Clotworthye Henry Lawdye John Thorne
Anthony Clotworthye Hugh Lawdye Simon Thorne
Robert Clotworthye Peter Lawdye Thomas Thorne
John Cobleye jun William Lawdye Thomas Thorne
John Cobleye sen Stephen Lealand Baldwin Tiller
Robert Cockeram Robert Lewes Thomas Tiller
Henry Cockerum Aaron Locke Christopher Tooker
Richard Cockerum Giles Locke Emanuel Tooker
John Cole Thomas Locke John Tooker
Clement Coleman Austin Longe Samuel Tooker
Richard Coleman Edward Lupscott William Tooker sen
John Collens Tristram Mantonye William Tooker jun
John Cooke George Marckes John Topper jun.
John Cooke Andrew Marleye Oliver Topper
Oliver Cooke Davy Mathew Robert Tower
Emanuel Coren Thomas Mathew Baldwin Tucker
John Cornish Hugh Maye George Tucker
William Cornish John Maye Richard Tucker
Henry Cotleye Abraham Michell Thomas Tucker
James Cottye Robert Millard John Tuckett sen.
Anthony Cottye George Miner William Turner
John Courtneye Philip Mogforde George Underhaye
Peter Courtneye John Molland John Rndringe
Christpher Crispyne John Morches Hugh Upham
Simon Crocker George Morrish Robert Venner
Abraham Cyppripe German Morrish John Verneham
Humphery Dallinge Henry Morrish William Verneham
John Daniell Thomas Morrish John Vickarye sen
George Davye William Murleye John Vickarye
Henry Davye Arthur Nethercott William Vickarye
Hugh Davye Clement Nethercott William Vickarye jun.
John Davye Edhram Nethercott Philip Walland
John Davye Nicholas Nethercott William Walland
Martin Davye Edwrad Nichols John Ware
Thomas Davye John Nichols John Ware
William Daw Thomas Nichols John Ware
Geoffrey Daye Roger Nicke John Warren
Philip Daye sen. Stephen Nicke Timothy Warren
Philip Daye jun. Richard Nott William Warren
Robert Daye Philip Oatwye Thomas Water
Sebastian Daye John Osemonde sen. Roger Webbe
Thomas Daye John Osemond jun. Thomas Werneham
John Deane Thomas Osemond Arthur White
Robert Deane Thomas Osemond John White
John Dininge Richard Painter Reynold Whityard
John Dininge William Painter William Whityard
Oliver Dininge Walter Parramoore Richard Whityarde
Richard Dininge Richard Parrish James Widgerye
Roger Dobb Paule, Mr. John Marmaduke Widgerye
Ciprian Dobbe Henry Pauline sen. William Widgerye
Matthew Doberrie Henry Pauline jun. William Wilcott
John Down Alexander Pearse John Williames
William Downe Christopher Pearse sen. Lewis Williames
James Dyer Christopher Pearse jun. Edward Williams
John Eastemente George Pearse John Williams
Thomas Eastmente Henry Pearse Richard Williams
Andrew Edglye Humphrey Pearse Michael Willye
Humphrey Edglye John Pearse, sen. Baldwin Wiltes
John Edglye John Pearse Bartholomew Wilmote
John Edglye John Pearse John Winslade
Thomas Edglye John Pearse John Witchals
Leemidon Elliott Oliver Pearse John Woadam
Lemidon Elliott Philip Pearse Stephen Woadam
John Elsworthye Philip Pearse Thomas Woadam
William Elydie Robert Pearse William Woadam
Simon Evans Simon Pearse Henry Woadam
Thomas Fain sen. William Pearse Robert Woolcott
Thomas Fain, jun. Edmund Peate Andrew Woolcott
Thomas Ferrett James Penson Sander Yolland
Hugh Fisher William Perkinge John Zanger
John Francis Matthew Perkinge -

(The following are signatures)

John Goven - Curate

Thomas Tooker - Chruchwarden

Anthony Badcocke - Chruchwarden

Thomas Shobrook - Constable

Nicholas Chappell - Constable

Ehomas Amory - Constable

Scipio Radford - Constable

Solomon Morryce - Overseer

Macklyne Heywood - 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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