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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

Moretonhampstead belonged to the Hundred of Teignbridge

The original spelling has been preserved

Richard Aggett John Hamlinge George Pouser
Thomas Aggett William Hamlin Edward Preston
Alexander Arthur Nicholas Hamblinge Edward Preston
Henry Arthur John Hamlyn Robert Preston
Tristram Arthur Richard Hamlyn William Preston
William Arthur sen. Robert Hamlyn Richard Prouse
William Arthur jun. George Hammett Thomas Puddecombe
Alexander Ashe Henry Hammett John Puddicombe
John Austine Henry Hammett Thomas Puddicombe
Humphrey Babbycombe Thomas Harris John Pyke
Nicholas Badgman Rudolph Harver William Pyke
John Banburie Henry Herlbert William Reave
Edward Banicke John Hertford Richard Reynald
John Bannicke Andrew Hill John Rimer
John Baylis Laurence Hill John Risse
Andrew Bennet Richard Hill William Robins
Bartholomew Bennet Robert Hill Nathaniel Roote
Robert Bennet Robert Hill Edward Rossett
Nicholas Bennett Thomas Hill Richard Rowse
Nicholas Bennett Thomas Hill jun. Edward Ryder
Thomas Bennett John Hockaday Samson Sainthill
Anthony Berrie Robert Hodge John Salter
Edward Berrie Thomas Hodge Robert Salter
John Berrie Thomas Hollis Phiolip Samford
John Berrie Peter Honniwell Andrew Sanders
Nicholas Berrie Edmund Hoole John Santer
Stephen Berrie George Hoole Nicholas Satterly
James Bewbie Henry Hoole Andrew Sawdie jun.
Jeremy Bickle John Howden sen. Ciprian Sawdie
Oliver Bickle George Hues Nicholas Seaward
Robert Bickle George Hughe Edward Sharkeham
Edmund Bond John Hunt Anrew Shoute
John Bond George Hutching sen. Gregory Shoutlake sen.
Samuel Bond George Hutching Christopher Shutlake
Samuel Bond John Hutchinges Gregory Shutlake
Benjamin Bowdon Andrew Hutchinges Edmund Simons
George Bowdon Thomas Hutuchins Nicholas Sinckwell
George Bowdon George Jobs Nicholas Snell
George Bowdon John Jobs George Snow
Henry Bowdon Nicholas Jobs John Soper
Humphrey Bowdon Thomas Jobs Thomas Soper
John Bowdon Elias Kaker John Southmead 
John Bowdon Hubert Keefe Matthew Southmead
John Bowdon George Kempe Richard Southmead
Jonathan Bowdon Richard Kempe John Southmeade
Joshua Bowdon Thomas Kempe Marmaduke Southwoode
Mathias Bowdon William Kempe John Spreage
Nicholas Bowdon John Kennard James Stampe
Nicholas Bowdon Richard Kennard William Stenlake
Samuel Bowdon John Kennicott John Stephens
Thomas Bowdon Edmund Kinge Samuel Stockman
William Bowdon William Kinge John Stone
William Bowdon John Kingwell Matthias Stoninge
William Bowdon jun Richard Kingwell Christopher Stuckey
Eustace Bowlde John Lambcraft Nicholas Stuckey
William Bradford Thomas Lambert Edward Tapper
Thomas Bright William Langmeade Peter Tarre
Ciprian Brocke Alexander Lanworthie Richard  Tarwood
John Brocke Hugh Langworthie John Taverner
Henry Brooke James Langworthie Thomas Taylor
John Brooke John Langworthie Humphrey Terrell
John Brooke Philip Langworthie Theophilus Timebadie
John Brooke jun William Langworthie William Tincombe
William Brooke Andrew Langworthy Barnard Tincoumbe
Richard Browning Laurence Langworthy John Towell
Walter Browninge Richard Lashbrooke Clement Townsend
William Buckingham Andrew Laskey John Townsend
Robert Caddinge Edward Laskey John Tozer
John Callicott Edward Laskey jun. John Tozer
Diggory Cann John Laskey John Tozer
Dionysius Carie John Laskey Philip Tozer
Henry Carter Richard Laskey Philip Tozer
Nicholas Caselie Richard Laskey Robert Tozer
Thomas Caselie Thomas Laskey Stephen Tozer
John Colchard William Laskey Thomas Tozer
William Colledicke William Laskey Thomas Tozer
William Colledicke Richard Laskey Aswell Trease
John Comyn Benjamin Leach Edward Tremlett
Matthias Comyn Thomas Lightfoote John Tremlett
William Comyn John Lightfoote Nicholas Tucker
George Cooke Methusalah Lightfoote Richard Tucker
George Cooke jun Michael Lightfoote Robert Tucker
Bartholomew Cooler Robert Lightfoote Thomas Tucker
Benjamin Cooler Henry Limitan William Turner
Ciprian Cooler Thomas Lunne Jonathan Turpin
George Cornish William Lunne Thomas Wade
Philip Cornish Chrsitopher Lyde William Wallinge
John Cornish John Lydster Richard Wannell
Richard Cornish Robert Lydstow Edmund Wannett
Thomas Cornish John Lyne John Wannett
Thomas Cornish John Manrie John Wannett
Samuel Cowne Edward Martin Hugh Warren
Arthur Crewse George Maunder John Warren
John Crewse Andrew Maurie Matthew Warren
Andrew Crowse George Maurie John Wescott
William Cruse George Maurie John Wescott
Humphrey Davie John Maurie Alexander Whiteway
Richard Davie Richard Maurie Thomas Whiteway
Richard Deane Thomas Maurie John Whiteways
Henry Deman Thomas Maurie Maximillian Williams
John Denbury John Meade William Windeate
Ciprian Dicker Christopher Merdon Richard Windeatt
John Dodridge John Merdon James Woodleigh
Thomas Dollen Nicholas Merdon Mattew Woodley
Robert Downing Thomas Merdon Thomas Woodward
Thomas Drake Richard Moodie Barnard Worthy
William Drayton Stephen Moore George Worthy
John Eastabrooke John Mortymoor George Worthilake
Richard Eastbrooke Henry Mortymor John Worthylake
John Eastbrooke William Mudge Richard Worthylake
Humphrey Easton John Necke Richard Worthylake
John Easton Andrew Nethybridge Thomas Worthylake
John Edmonds Benjamin Northcott Robert Worthitake
Humphrey Edward Mathias Nosworthie John Worthytake
Gilbert Edwards Mathias Nosworthy jun. Edward Wotton
William Ellecott Anthony Oake John Wotton
Richard Ellist George Oake Nicholas Wotton
John Emmott James Oake Philip Wotton
James Endicott John Oake William Wotton
Richard Endicott Richard Oates Ciprian Wrayford
William Endicott George Oates Ciprian Wrayford jun.
William Endicott William Osborne George Wrayford
William Endicott jun. John Palmer John Wrayford sen.
John Fabian Richard Palmer John Wrayford jun.
Christopher Ford Richard Parke John Wrayford
George Ford Thomas Patricke Robert Wrayford
John Ford John Payne John Wrayford
Richard Ford Richard Payne Robert Wrayford
Richard Ford Walter Payne Thomas Wrayford
William Ford William Payne William Wrayford
Nicholas Frende William Pearce George Wyatt
Ambrose Frost John Peathebridge William Wyatt
Richard Gaylord William Pethibridge John Windeatt
Nicholas Geoffrie George Pethybridge John Yew
Andrew Glanfeild

Francis Phare

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James Glanfeild Robert Pitcher - - - -
Richard Guard Barnard Pococke    - - - -    
Barnabas Hall William Ponsford - - - -
Simon Hall John Potter - - - -

(The names are written in the same  hand

the following two are signatures))

Richard Bickle - Minister

Francis Whiddon - Pastor


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



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