"LUNDY ISLAND, though situated in the Bristol Channel, about 18 miles west of the mainland, is a detached member of Braunton Hundred. It is about three miles long and one broad, and comprises about 1800 acres. On account of the lofty rocks with which it is encompassed, it is inaccessible, except by a narrow entrance on the eastern side, where a small beach admits a secure approach, and is sheltered by a detached portion of rock called the Isle of Rats. There are on the island a farm house and a few small cottages." [From White's History, Gazetteer and Directory of Devon (1850)]
Peskett tentatively allocates Lundy to Hartland Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Barnstaple, and the Diocese of Exeter, but states that its civil status was vague until the 20th century.
Thomas Benson (1708-1872) - "[A] ship-owner and merchant who was Sheriff of Devon in 1746-7 and MP for Barnstaple between 1747 and 1754. In 1753 he fled to Portugal from British justice, having been accused of customs duty evasion and maritime insurance fraud. . . In 1747 he obtained a contract from the Government to transport convicts, and gave the usual bond to the Sheriff to ship them to Virginia or to Maryland. However he shipped them instead to Lundy where he employed them as slave labourers in building walls, etc." [Wikipedia]
Blackwell, Alfred E. Lundy's Ecclesiastical History. Devonshire Assoc. Trans., vol. 92 (1960) pp. 88- 100. [Raymond: Includes MIs, lists of births, baptisms and marriages. 19-20th century, list of clergy, etc.]
Peskett indicates that though were marriage services on Lundy in the 17th century, probably no registers were kept until after the ruined chapel was rebuilt in 1896/7. Earliest extant registers begin 1901.
Lundy was omitted from the 1837 registration legislation - 36 births (1865-9) are recorded in PRO RG35/20, and one death in RG 35/20. (Mentioned in "Some Events Overseas", by Anthony Camp in Family Tree Magazine, July 2000.)
The Westcountry Studies Library holds the large Langham Collection of material related to the history of Lundy Island. Topics covered include: Air transport; Archaeology; Castle; Civil War; Climate and cultivation; Coinage and stamps; Communications; Companies; Ecclesiastical history; Flora and fauna; Geology; Lighthouse; Manor Farm; P. & A. Campbell Lundy boats; Population and owners; Quarries; Shipwrecks.
Steinman, G.S. Some Account of the Island of Lundy. [Edited, with a foreword, by Martin Coles Harman. With portraits.]. pp. 21. (From Collectanea Topographica and Genealogica, IV, 1836) Offset Process Co.: Nottingham, (1947). [Westcountry Studies Library - sB/LUN/0001/STE]
Thomas, John. Lundy and Thomas Benson. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 33:2, (1974) pp.59. [On shipping of convicts from Devon to America, 1742-1754.]
Thomas, John. Some notes on the administration of Lundy by Sir John Borlase Warren. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 108, (1976) pp.31-36. [Administration, 1775-1787]
Thomas, John. A history of Lundy from 1390 to 1775. Trans.Dev.Assoc. 110 (1978) 113-154pp: map.
Thomas, John. Two Lundy notes. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 34:3, (1979) pp.120-. [Holinshed's description (1586). Alleged church service of 1747.]
Thomas, Stanley. The Nightingale Scandal: The story of Thomas Benson and Lundy, Bideford, Gazette Printing Service (1959) 73 pp. [WCSL s365-163/DEV/THO]
Thomas, Stanley. The Nightingale Scandal: The story of Thomas Benson and Lundy, Bideford, Lazarus Press (Edward Gaskell Publishers) (2001) 96 pp. [ISBN: 0-9523062-3-9]
Davis, G.M. The Loss of HMS Montague, Lundy 1906. (1981) [ISBN 0 9507391 0 3]
Powick, F.M. The murder of Henry Clement and the pirates of Lundy. History 25:100 , (Mar. 1941) pp.285- 310.
The coastguard [Lundy articles] (1972-81).1 vol. [Westcountry Studies Library BHo sxB/LUN/LAN/577] [A collection of articles from the Coastguard 6:1 Jan 72, 7:1 Jan 73, 13:3-4 Jul-Oct 79, 15:2 Apr 81 relating to the period 1700-1972]