The Protestation Return for Shute has long since disappeared. To give us a view of who lived in the district at the time, we have used the Muster Roll compiled some 80 years before the Protestation was taken in 1641. No women are named in the Muster Roll.
If the King required their services, these men had to drop everything and muster immediately under the leadership of the leading nobleman of the area. They had to provide their own weapon to fight with, as listed, out of their own pockets.
In each area a number of "Presenters" were named. They were the leaders described as "gentlemen" or "esquires" in later lists who had to provide more sophisticated weapons and protective clothing for themselves.