Burton Bradstock

Protestation Returns 1641

Transcribed from original returns on microfilm by Tony Higgins.

(Note: Ornate letters and unusual spellings introduce uncertainties.) 

The English Revolution (1640-60) began in November 1640 when Charles 1st. summoned Parliament to help him out of a financial crisis. Charles was very unpopular and was forced to agree to radical reforms which gave Parliament a more prominent roll in the constitution.

The political crisis escalated and the "Long Parliament" split into two opposing parties in the Autumn of 1641, forming the King's party of Royalists (Cavaliers) and the Parliamentarians (Roundheads), who demanded further political and religious reforms. The events of 1640/41 led to the Civil War which began in August 1642.

It was agreed and ordered on the 3rd May 1641, that every Member of the House of Commons should make a protestation (declaration of loyalty), which the House of Lords also agreed to the following day.

The Commons ordered the printing of the protestation and preamble on the 5th May 1641 and this was distributed by the Members to their counties. The Protestation was to be made by everyone and the Rectors, Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor had to appear before the Justices of the Peace in their Hundred to make their protestation and, on returning to their parishes, any two of them were to witness the taking of the Protestation Oath by all males over the age of 18 years. All names were listed and anyone who refused was to be noted.

The protestation itself reads:-

I,-------- do, in the presence of Almighty God, promise, vow, and protest to maintain, and defend as farr as lawfully I maye, with my Life, Power and Estate, the true Reformed Protestant religion, expressed in the Doctrine of the Church of England, against all Popery and Popish Innovations, within this Realme, contrary to the same Doctrine, and according to the duty of my Allegiance, His Majesties Royal Person, Honour and Estate, as alsoe the Power and Privileges of Parliament, the lawful Rights and Liberties of the Subjects, and any person that maketh this Protestation, in whatsoever he shall do in the lawful Pursuance of the same; and to my power, and as farr as lawfully I may, I will appose and by all good Ways and Means endeavour to bring to condign Punishment all such as shall, either by Force, Practice, Councels, Plots, Conspiracies, or otherwise, doe any Thing to the contrary of any Thing in this present Protestation contained: and further, that I shall, in all just and honourable ways, endeavour to preserve the Union and Peace betwixt the Three Kingdoms of England, Scotland and Ireland: and neither for Hope, Feare, nor other Respect, shell relinquish this Promise, Vow and Protestation.


The names of such as have taken the protestation in the parish of Burton within the Libertie of fframpton.


Mr William Chilcott

James Cox

Thomas Dunford

Robert Charles

George Bonner

Robert Bonner

John Waad Jun

John Vennice

Edward Jay

Henry Beere

Trustram ffoster

William ffoster Sen

William Darby

Tho: Thurman

John Rowland Sen

John Perratt

Giles Bonner

Tho: ffarwell Sen

Tho: Batten Sen

Edward ffoster

Robert Miller

Tho: ffarwell Jun

John Stevens

Tho: Croome

William Lawrence

William ffoster Jun

William Thurman

John Batten

John Bonner med.

Christopher Derby

Nicholas Batten

Philip Davy

Robert Stevens

Steven Ennett

Richard Davy

John Ennett

Peter Reynolds

Tho: Porter

Roger Clerke

Henry Russell

John Miller

John ffoster

George England

William England

Henry ffry

Richard Rendell


John Hendy

Tho: Miller

Trustram Porter

John More

John Beere

George Croome

Robert Hounsell

William Tissar

Henry Greeninge

John Metyard

John Lea

Tho: Dyer

Steven ffry

William Oake

John Warren

William Hockell

Barnard Porter

Richard Payne

John Trivett

Victorius Stiby

John Curtice

John Orchard

John Rowland iun (Jun)

John Craford

John Batten

Ellis ffry

Tho: Batten iun (Jun)

John Hallett

Osmond Ridgway

John Birchell

Steven Way

Nicholas Thurman

Jesper Medway

Robert Rolls

Silvester Vennice

Robert Bonner

Tho: Sanford

Nicholas Pitcher

Mathew Martin

Henry Stevens

William Roman

John Hart

Tho: Jeffant

Tho: Hart

Richard Beagan

Richasrd Michaell


George Hart

Morgan Dew

Wiliam Birchett (or Birchell)

Robert Moody

John Vennice

John Haggard

James Hendy

William Rowland

Tho: Oake

Tho: Jervise

Steven Ennett Sen

Roger Winsor

Ralph Hurden

Robert Moody Sen

Joseph Byshop

Robert Paw

John ffoster

Walter Knight

Robert Pilton

John Waad Sen

John Prince

Edward Law

Alexander Greedy

William Porter

John Bonner iun (Jun)

Edward Beere

Mathew Waad

John Strowbridge

Joseph Ridgway

Samuel Paul

George Ridgway

George Beere

Daniel Polden

Tho: England

Richard Bonner Sen

John Rumman

Peter Rumman

Roger Porter

Richard Bonner iun (Jun)

Henry Basing

George Basing

John Bonner Sen

Robert Crabbe

Tho: Basing

John Rendell

William Basing


 Nicholas Ridgway Rector

Simon Boweringe Churchwarden

Tho: Barrett Churchwarden

Abraham Bryant Overseer

John Croome Overseer

William England Constable