Open a form to report problems or contribute information

 
1 Introduction 2 Message details 3 Upload file 4 Submitted
Page 1 of 4

Help and advice for Devon - Clovelly entries, Register of Protection from Being Pressed

If you have found a problem on this page then please report it on the following form. We will then do our best to fix it. If you are wanting advice then the best place to ask is on the area's specific email lists. All the information that we have is in the web pages, so please do not ask us to supply something that is not there. We are not able to offer a research service.

If you wish to report a problem, or contribute information, then do use the following form to tell us about it. We have a number of people each maintaining different sections of the web site, so it is important to submit information via a link on the relevant page otherwise it is likely to go to the wrong person and may not be acted upon.

Clovelly Entries, Register of Protection from Being Pressed

Extracted by

Brian Randell

During wartime, in fact up until the Napoleonic Wars (1803-15), the Royal Navy "pressed" many unwilling volunteers into service in order to man its ships. (The twentieth century saw a revival of such conscription, on a grand scale, in the form of National Service.) In theory any seamen, aged between 18-55, were liable to be seized. However certain classes of seamen could obain certificates of exemption - these are recorded in a series of volumes now in The National Archives, called Registers of Protection From Being Pressed, in the ADM 7 (Admiralty Miscellanea) Series.
In at least some of these volumes, the details of certificates are given in columnar form, and each seaman's home port is stated, so that it has proved relatively easy to extract all entries relating to Clovelly from such volumes. Typically entries include not just the name of the vessel concerned, but also give its tonnage and no. of seamen (those other than the master remaining un-named), and its trade.
For further details of the Impress Service see The Press Gang, from the Broadside web-site (archived copy), "a collection of pages describing life in Royal Navy in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century".

ADM 7/371: Register of Protection from Being Pressed (1755-1757)

ADM 7/372: Register of Protection from Being Pressed (1757-1770)

ADM 7/381: Register of Protection from Being Pressed - Yards. Fishermen and Coasting Trade (1755-1758)

ADM 7/382: Register of Protection from Being Pressed - Yards. Fishermen and Coasting Trade (1770-1777)

ADM 7/383: Register of Protection from Being Pressed - Yards. Fishermen and Coasting Trade (1778-1781)

ADM 7/384: Register of Protection from Being Pressed - Yards. Fishermen and Coasting Trade (1787-1793)

ADM 7/385: Register of Protection from Being Pressed - Yards. Fishermen and Coasting Trade (1793-1801)