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DREWSTEIGNTON PROTESTATION RETURN


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.

Drewsteignton belonged to the Hundred of  Wonford

The original spelling has been preserved

John Arnell
John Grendon
John Piuddicomb
George Arscott
Mark Grendon
John Pitts
William Ascott
Anthony Grensey
Edward Priston
John Ball
Richard Halle
George Puddicomb
William Ball
Richard Harris
John Puddicomb
Richard Ballamay
Bernard Hatherley
Thomas Puddicomb
William Bawninge
John Hill
Francis Puddicomb
James Beare
Henry Hole
Thomas Pym
John Beare
John Hole
James Rendell
Richard Beare
John Hole
David Roger
William Beare
Nicholas Hole
John Rowe
John Bedlake
Richard Hole
Thomas Rowe
David Bevan
Richard Hollman
William Searle
Andrew Biccomb
Arthur Holman
John Seaward
Edmund Bremellcomb
John Hutchings
William Seawarde
Edward Bremellcombe
Bennet Kensole
John Shilston
Henry Bremellcombe
Richard Kindcombe
Simon Shilston
John Bremellcombe
Edward Kinscott
Thomas Shilston
Richard Broke
James Knapman
William Shilston
Richard Broking
Alexander Knowle
George Short
William Buckingham
Anthony Lake
William Shute
William Buridge
Henry Lake
Christopher Smale
Robert Cann
John Lake
John Smaleridg 
William Clemmett
John Lake
William Smalridg
William Cerkett
Edward Lane
Christopher Snell
Edward Cock
John Lane
John Snell
Walter Cock
William Lane
John Snowston
John Coule
James Langman
William Snowston
William Cristopper
William Lee
George Stoneman
Thomas Crosman
Edward Legg
Humphrey Stoneman
Robert Cross
John Leighbridg
Richard Tapper
John Cummings
James Lewsey
John Toker
John Dannett
William Loskey
Stephen Tounsend
John Dickar
John Lowton
William Tremlet
Richard Dickar
Roger Maddick
Edward Tremlett
Humphrey Dolridge
Peter Man
James Tremlett
Robert Dolridge
William Mare
John Tremlett
John Dorrington
Anthony Maye
Rowland Underhill
George Drack
Bennet Maye
Thomas Varder
John Eales
Peter More
Thomas Varder
John Eastabrooke
John Mosey
Samson Wallinge
Robert Eastabrooke
William Mosey
Daniel Weekes
Robert Eastabrooke
William Mosey
John Weekes
James Ellyett
James Moysey
Mark Weekes
Francis Feye
Roger Newcomb
Simon Weekes
John Feye
Thomas Newcomb
Thomas Weekes
William Floode
William Newcombe
Mark Weeks
John Foxe
Thomas Noracott
James White
John Freind
Edward Pansford
Thomas Whittrew
Christopher Frost
Hugh Pansford
Richard Wilcockes
Robert Frost
John Pansford
Walter Willes
John Frye
John Pansford
John Wills
James Gillard
Richard Pansford
David Winslade
John Gillard
Thomas Pansford
John Woodley
James Glanfild
Robert Peste
Robert Yeo
Thomas Glanfild
William Philpe
William Yeo
John Glass
William Pickar
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Nicholas Gorvin
Henry Piddicomb
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Willikam Grendon aged 94 and William Pansford aged 86 

did not take it as they were too decrepit.

Edmund Peryon, Gent, did not take it, being in London, he took it earlier.

The above names are in the same hand, the following seven are signatures:

Anthony Short, Rector

John Snell Constable

Andrew Battywill - Constable

Oliver Shilston - Constable

Humphrey Coleridge - Overseer

Rowland Furst - Overseer

james briston - Churchwarden

 

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

 

 
 
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