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1641 Protestation Return for Withiel


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In 1641, during its struggles against Charles I and his advisor the Earl of Strafford, the House of Commons affirmed the supremacy of the Protestant religion as embraced by the Church of England. Later, instructions were issued to the counties to secure the oaths of all persons over the age of 18 years to maintain and uphold the Protestant religion. Oaths were generally confined to males, although there are women included in some parishes. Parishioners were required to affirm their support of the Protestant religion before Justices of the Peace. These affirmations were recorded and presented to Parliament and have become known as the 'Protestation Returns'.

Names for Withiel Parish were:

Richard MAPOWDERGeorge MAPOWDER
Hennery TREDWENERichard KNIGHT
William TUBEWilliam LANGDON
Marke GEDLEYSteven PAULE
Steven PAULEPethericke WILLIAMES
Thomas JANEThomas WILLIAMES
John PRINThomas STEVENES
William WILLIAMESJohn KNIGHT
Walter WILLIAMESThomas WILLIAMES
Anthony RUNDLEMarke COCKE
Thomas PERSONJohn LUKEY
John WILLIAMESBartley BASTARD
Mathew GILLESJohn ANGELLY
Arthur TAYLDERRoger WHITE
Nicholas WILLIAMESWilliam WISHARD - clerk in London
Martyn BENNETTThomas TUBB - constable
John BRAYPeter WALTERS - churchwarden
John WILLIAMES - churchwardenHennery MICHELL - overseer
Warne TRENANCESteven WOLCOCKE
John LANGDONRobert PRINN
John JANEThomas PRIN
Nicholas EDEYEdward POOLE
William DINGELEEdward JANE
Richard DOGOEMark EDYE
William STANNINGNicholas WOLCOCKE


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