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THE HABELL-BODIED MEN OF SHUTTE (SHUTE) IN 1567

  

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.

 

PRESENTERS: Henry Smythe; John Barley; Richard White; Peter Seller; Thomas Parson.

ARCHERS

 (Yew trees were grown in the churchyard to provide the raw materials)

Thomas Haydon, Gent  Stephen Franklyn
John Butter Mathew Franklyn
George Gye  ---

 

HARQUEBUSIERS

(An early single-shot form of the musket)

John Peryman Robert Wilcocks John Gills, jun.
John Hewit John Benet Stephen Gille
Gregory Hooper Robert Martin ---

 

PIKEMEN

(A long wooden stick with a heavy pointed metal tip wielded on.

The pikemen's task was to defend the musketeers while they reloaded)

John Gye Richard Seller
John Lacie  Peter Howe
Thomas Heward  Ralph Fawne

 

BILLMEN

(A sharp billhook was used to cut hay or corn in the fields. The men were trained to hack away at any oncomers and disable them if possible.)

John Vycarye  Hugh Cuttyford 
Edward Deane John Hooper

 

 

 
 
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