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Tingewick Protestation Returns 1641

My thanks to Jayne for bringing this to my attention – I struggled with the writing, so all corrections will be very much appreciated!

Back in 1641, King Charles I still had his head but Parliament was growing more and more unhappy, with a fear of Catholicism to the forefront.  In May, every member of the House of Commons swore an oath of allegiance to the crown, to parliament and to the Church of England.  All rectors, churchwardens and overseers of the poor were then required to take the same oath before the JPs in their Hundred, and then they were sent back to their parishes to require all males over the age of 18 to take the same declaration of their belief in the “Protestant religion, allegiance to the King and support for the rights and privileges of Parliament“.  Any who refused were to be noted down and would be assumed to be Catholics.

All these whose names are subscribed did take this protestation

… having sworn at Tingewick on February 20th 1641/2

John Varney Rector
Francis Bushell Curate
Richard Stephens
William Tomlins
William Porter
Henry Paxton
Larorond Ward
Peter Paxton
Steven Traslow
William Perkins Sen
Thomas Holton
William Medcaffe
Edmund Paxton
Richard Waddegy
William Cooley
John Houldright

Thomas Twichen
Thomas Watte
Thomas Creed
John Twichen

Thomas Shrieve
John Barleyford
Edward Twichen
Matthew Twichen
William Moosser
William Cowley
John Houlton
Richard Grood
John Wittmoole
Harold Topping
John Wittmoole Jun
William Wittmoole
Thomas Crosse
Edward Horward
Howard Marshans
William Allsy
John Twichen Jn
Howard Hancook
Thomas Morgan
John Chatwin
Ambrose Durrant
William Perkins Jun
Richard Sear
John Parkins
William Walcott
Phillipp Chinly
Everige Addams
Edmond Durrant Jun
Thomas Hobbs
Jacob Tibby
George Couly
Richard Fenimore
Thomas Williams
William Tompas
Richard Marche
Edmond Dimmocke
Paule Simons
Edward Jardine
John Howbridge Sr
Willm Chandler
Robert Moores
William Choor
Henrie Moodengr
Edward Spooke
John Butcher
Thomas Chatwin
Edwyn Gomm
John Durrant
William Brewer
Orthivar Buyass
Thomas Wittworth
James Cory
Edward Felrind
Hraris Bailey
John Nayper
William Budyathe
Robart Songbury
Richard Marshall
Henrie Lillingstone
John Tarbour
John Spratley
John Spratley
Edmonde Durrant Sr
Willm Kibble
John Hakes
Robbert Greene
Richard Twichen
John Johnson
John Foscott
Robbert Foscott
Robbert Moss
John Jeffery
Richard Jeffery
Richard Robberts
John Chandler
William Curtis
John Wall
Edward Warre
Robbert Warre
Ralph Hamley
Richard Stockley
William Jackson
Robert Shillingsford
William Marrum
James Perkins
John Halsey
Paul Bedford

I { A B }  do in ye presence of Almighty god promise vow and protest to maintaine and defend, as farre as lawfully I may, wth my life, power and estate, the true reformed protestant religion expressed in ye doctrine of ye Church of England, against all popery and Popish innovations within this realme, contrary to ye same doctrine; and according to ye Dutie of my allegiance, his majesties royall Person, Honour and estate, as also ye power and priviledges of Parliament; ye lawfull rights and liberties of ye subjects, and every person yo maketh this protestation, in whatsoever hee shall doe in ye lawfull pursuance of ye same.  And to my power, and as farre as lawfully I may, I will oppose, and by all good waies and meanns inddeavour to bring to Condigne punishment, all such as shall either by form, practice, counsels, plots, conspiracies, or otherwise, doe any things to ye contrary of ‘any things’ in this present protestation contained.  And further I shall in all Just and honourable waies indeavour to preserve ye union, and peace betwixt ye three Kingdoms of England, Scotland, and Ireland; and neither for hope, feare, nor other respect, shall relinquish this promise, vow and protestation.

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