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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.

Buckerell belonged to the Hundred of Hemyock

The original spelling has been preserved

Martyn Aplin Henry Fry jun. Gent William Parrett
Elias Bayes John Fry Gent John Payne
John Bayly Richard Fry, Gent William Payne sen.
Thomas Browne John Ganly William Payne jun
John Burnell William Gully Thomas Pigton
Thomas Burnell William Hammett George Pratt
James Byshopp sen. Richard Helsyard William Pullen
James Byshopp James Hill Christopher Roade
John Byshopp Henry Hoare Hugh Roade
Hanry Channon Zachary Hoare Christopher Salter jun.
Ruchard Cleake Roger Hucker Henry Salter jun.
Thomas Clifton Roger Huit James Salter
Edward Connell John Jarman Thomas Salter
John Connell Richard Lee Henry Sannder
Joseph Connell John Ley Christopher Serle
Richard Connett Robert Marsh Mr. John Serle
Henry Darke John Mathew William Serle
William Densham Thomas Miller Samuel Silfester
William Downe William Minissey George Stockdale
Cornelius Farrest Richard Moore William Stockdale
John Farrest Richard Morrish John Stone
John Fley Richard Mountsteven John Streate
Thomas Fley Thomas Newton John Thatcher
Thomas Fley John Oake Edward Turrell
John Follett Robert Orchard Richard Turrell 
Henry French John Palmer John Warren
Henry Fry, Gent Richard Parrett -----

Edmund Mathew - Vicar

Thomas Densham - Overseer

Ambrose Thorne - Overseer

William Sampson - Churchwarden

John Splatt - Churchwarden

Christopher Salter - Constable

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



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