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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.

Kingsteignton belonged to the Hundred of Teignbridge

The original spelling has been preserved

Anias Amery Samuel Heale William Prouse
Geoffrey Avant Humphrey Heydon William Prouse
Richard Avant Thomas Hill John Randell
William Babb Thomas Hill Robert Rowe
William Baker Nicholas Holmes Richard Russell
Humphrey Ball Richard Hore William Russell
William Ball Richard Hore Gregory Sampson
William Beare Edward Horfoote William Sampson
Gilbert Beare Anthony Horwell Nicholas Sanders
Gregory Beare Anthony Horwell John Searle sen.
Roger Beare Gregory Horwell John Searle jun.
Peter Blackford Gregory Horwell Richard Searle
Robert Blackford James Horwell Gilbert Shapley
Robert Bradleigh John Horwell Nicholas Shapley
john Bridgeman Roger Horwell William Shapley
William Bridgeman William Horwell Bartholomew Small
Henry Browninge Richard Hunte Stephen Snell
Gregory Cas Christopher Jackson George Soley
Nicholas Chaple Gregory Jagines Richard Sowden
Christopher Clement Gilbert Jordan Andrew Sparke
John Clement Clement Kennycott George Sparke
Thomas Clement Gregory Land James Sparke
Tristram Clement George Langdon sen. William Sparke
Thomas Coleman George Langdon jun. Andrew Steevens
John Collens Thomas Langdon Benjamin Stoneman
John Counter Thomas Langley Richard Sweetland
Anthony Crooke John Lavers William Thorne
Anias Cudmor Jasper Luscombe Christopher Thorneinge
John Cambelle John Mackeley Richard Tinkcombe
Gilbert Dunley Thomas Martin John Tucker (Clerk)
Benedict Dyer Peter Morie John Underhaie
Zachary Easton Richard Morie John Underhaie
Henry Efford Richard Morie John Underhaie jun.
Thomas Efford Thomas Morie Richard Underhaie sen.
Richard Elliott William Morie Richard Underhaie jun.
Thomas Elson Christopher Morie Robert Underhaie
Thomas Even Robert Morie Matthew Valence
William Fabian John Necke Robert Walley
Thomas Flud Walter Necke John Wannell
John Foster Anthony Norcott William Wannell
Peter Gibs George Norwood William Weeger
Christopher Gildon William Oake Andrew Westerbrooke
Christopher Gildon Anthony Odle William Whitewaie
Christopher Gildon George Odle Richard Whiteway
Robert Gildon John Odlie John Wilkin
Thomas Gildon James Passey Nicholas Wilkin
William Gildon Robert Penny Richard Wilkin
John Goale John Peterfild Henry Wills
Henry Godard William Pin Gregory Winsor
Christopher Grante Bartholomew Pinson Michael Winsor
William Grante John Pinson William Wise
Richard Hardie Barnard Potter John Worman
Christopher Hayward Richard Potter Thomas Wotton
Gregory Hayward William Potter Hiugh Yeard
Gilbert Haywood Michael Prouse -

(The above names are written in the same  hand; the following three are signatures)

Thomas Stoodleigh - Vicar

Peter Beere Constable

Roger Lee Constable


* 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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