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Buckland Monachorum

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"BUCKLAND MONACHORUM is a small, pleasant village, in a picturesque valley, 4 miles S. by E. of Tavistock. . . Buckland had the latter part of its name from its monastery, and is sometimes called Buckland Drake from the Drake family, who have held the manor since the reign of Elizabeth. Its parish contains 1411 inhabitants, and 6838 acres of land, including about 2000 acres of open moorland, woodland, &c.; the romantic hamlet of Milton, and a great part of the large village of Horrabridge, which is partly in the parishes of Sampford-Spiney, Whitchurch, and Walkhampton; being on both sides of the small river Walkham, and on the western side of Dartmoor, where there are two copper mines and a tin mine, employing 400 hands, and a woolen factory, employing about the same number. The parish comprises also many scattered farm-houses, &c., and several neat mansions, and is bounded on the west by the river Tavy. . . The Church (St. Andrew,) is a handsome cruciform structure, in the perpendicular style, with a tower and six bells. . . ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Roborough Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes, and the Diocese of Exeter - also known as North Buckland. (Includes the modern parishes of Horrabridge and Yelverton.) Regarded as part of the Dartmoor area.



Mobbs, Amy M. Isaac Foot of Horrabridge. Horrabridge: The Author Printers (1982) 15p: ill.
Rowe, John. James Rowe (1865-1933), Devon Family Historian, vol. 135, (2010) pp.5-8. [Emigrated to North America, became a prolific poet and hymn writer.]


Brown, Mike. Buckland Monachorum (Full Survey), Buckland Monachorum Cemetery (Pre-1910 Survey). In Dartmoor Region Monumental Inscriptions Indexes, Vol. 3. Dartmoor Press, PO Box 132, Plymouth PL4 7YL.
Brown, Mike. Horrabridge Chapel (Full Survey), Horrabridge (Pre-1950 Survey). In Dartmoor Region Monumental Inscriptions Indexes, Vol. 1. Dartmoor Press, PO Box 132, Plymouth PL4 7YL.
Brown, Mike. Guide Notes to Monuments in Devon Churches & Graveyards: Buckland Monachorum. The Dartmoor Press. 16pp. [Drake, Elliott, Fuller]
Whitmore, J.B. Devonshire Monumental Inscriptions, MS at Society of Genealogists (1951). [Extracts]


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Buckland Monachorum area or see them printed on a map.


Church History

Buckland Monachorum - from J. Stabb. Some Old Devon Churches (London: 1908-16).

Photographs and description of Buckland Abbey (archived copy).

Gill, Crispin. A History of Buckland Abbey. Plymouth: N.P (1968) 76p: ill. [Barnstaple Library - 271 /BUC 6/GIL]
Hailstone, Edward. Original Documents. Archaeological Journal 5 (1848) pp.57-42. [Raymond: Medieval deeds of Plympton Priory and Buckland Abbey.] [Index]
Mobbs, Amy M. Horrabridge and district. Part 3. Bible Christian, Wesleyan and Anglican churches in Horrabridge. Callington: Caradon Printers (1980) 26p: ill,maps.
Rowe, J Brooking. The Cistercian Houses of Devon: Introductory - 1. Buckland. Trans. Devon Assoc. vol. 7 (1875), pp. 329-366. [Index]
Youings, Joyce. Drake, Grenville and Buckland Abbey. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 112, (1980) pp.91-99.
Buckland Abbey. London: The National Trust (1981) 64p: col.ill, plan, ports. [ISBN 0707801141]

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1638 are held in the Devon Record Office.

Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1538 are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837, together with Horrabridge Wesleyan Chapel Baptisms 1832-1914, and Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their book list.

Other churches and chapels (with pre-1840 records):

  • Wesleyan Chapel: Registers for c1808-37 - see Tavistock (PRO RG 4/341)
  • Wesleyan Chapel, Station Road, Horrabridge: Registers for 1832-99 (C) 1832-1929 (B) in DRO; see also Tavistock Circuit
  • Bible Christian Chapel, Rock, Yelverton: Registers for 1839-97 (C) at PWDRO

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1552-1778 Marriages 1540-1753.

Brown, Mike. Buckland Monachorum Parish Registers Volume 1 - Baptisms 1538-1837.. Dartmoor Press, P.O. Box 132, Plymouth PL4 7YL (1999?)
Brown, Mike. Buckland Monachorum Parish Registers Volume 2 - Marriages and Burials 1538-1837.. Dartmoor Press, P.O. Box 132, Plymouth PL4 7YL (1999?)
Brown, Mike. 1754-1812 Burial Indexes: Buckland Monachorum. RT44, Dartmoor Press (2000).
Glanville, I. Gleanings from Buckland Monachorum Parish Register. Devon Family Historian 50 (1989) p.16.
Street, R.C. Buckland Monachorum. Trans. Devon Assoc. 66 (1934) pp.201-210. [Raymond: Note on registers, accouts, etc.]
The Deanery of Tamerton, CD, Devon Family History Society, Exeter (2003). [Contains indexes: Bere Ferrers - Baptisms 1813-1840, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Bickleigh - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1811-1837; Buckland Monachorum - Baptisms, 1813-1839 Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Egg Buckland - Baptisms 1813-1839 Marriages, 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Mary Tavy - Baptisms 1813-1840 Marriages, 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Meavy - Baptisms 1813-1839 Marriages, 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1838; Peter Tavy - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages, 1754-1837, Burials 1790-1837; Sampford Spiney - Baptisms 1813-1839 Marriages, 1754-1837, Burials 1770-1837; Sheepstor - Baptisms 1813-1839 Marriages, 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1856; Tamerton Foliot - Baptisms 1813-1840 Marriages, 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Walkhampton - Baptisms 1813-1840 Marriages, 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Whitchurch - Baptisms 1813-1839 Marriages, 1754-1838, Burials 1813-1837]

Description and Travel

Buckland Monachorum website - general and historical information.

Conservation Area Appraisal for Horrabridge - an interesting account of the area, with numerous photographs and maps.

Section on Buckland Monachorum from Samuel Lewis: A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831), provided by Mel Lockie.

Francis, Edward and Bernard Thomas. Yelverton (Devon) with its surroundings (2nd ed.). London: The Homeland Assoc. [1911?] xvi, 55p: ill, maps. [Plymouth Library - DUL27760]

You can see pictures of Buckland Monachorum which are provided by:



Transcription provided by Val Henderson of the entry (description and names) in Morris and Co's Commercial Directory and Gazetteer of Devonshire 1870.



The transcription of the section for this parish from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.

Ask for a calculation of the distance from Buckland Monachorum to another place.

Click here for a list of nearby places.



This parish is one of the growing number of places for which the Devon Heritage website provides census or parish register transcriptions, articles, and/or illustrations, etc.

Dartmoor Press Online Magazine's page for this parish (archived copy), and for Horrabridge (archived copy), with articles, transcriptions, publication details, etc. - highly recommended.

Brown, Mike. Heraldic and Genealogical Notes from Dartmoor Churches, Vol. 1: Bickleigh, Buckland Monachorum, Meavy, Sampford Spiney, Walkhampton. Dartmoor Press (1997)
Fuller-Eliott-Drake, Elizabeth Douglas. The Family and Heirs of Sir Francis Drake. London: Smith Elder & Co. 15 Waterloo Place, S.W. (1911) 2 vols. illus. 488pp. [Preface & Contents]
Mobbs, Amy M. Horrabridge and district. Part 4: Notable Devon families: the Colliers. Callington: Caradon Printers (1981) 20p: ill.
Mobbs, A.M. Notable local families: the Colliers. Horrabridge & District, pt. 4. Horrabridge: the author, 1988.
Worthy, C. Devonshire Parishes: or the antiquities, heraldry and family history of twenty-eight parishes in the archdeaconry of Totnes (2 vols), Exeter, W. Pollard (1887). [Chap. IV: Buckland Monachorum - Baldwin de BRIONIIS and his descendants; Amicia de REDVERS; GRENVILLE; the DRAKE pedigree] [Index]
Buckland Abbey, Devon. (Rev. ed.). Bromley: National Trust (2003) 48 pp.. [Raymond: Home of the Drake family from the 16th c., includes Drake pedigree 16-20th c.]

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Buckland Monachorum has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



Bere, A.J. Buckland Monachorum: Compiled at the Request of Buckland Monachorum Women's Institute. (1930) 64p. [BL YA.1992.a.653]
Brown, Mike. A Few Sheaves of Devon History [Transcripts]: Buckland Monachorum, Dartmoor Press (2001).
Davies, Margaret. A Cruce Salus (Salvation through the Cross): a brief history of the church & parish of Holy Cross, Yelverton. (1983) 36p. [Plymouth Library - 726.5YEL]
Gill, Crispin. The brief history of Yelverton. Torpoint (Kingsand, Torpoint, Cornwall PL10 1NP): Grey House Press (1984) 32 pp. ill., 1 map, 1 plan.
Hamilton-Leggett, Pauline. The Book of Buckland Monachorum with Yelverton: A Portrait of the Parish, Tiverton, Halsgrove Press (2002) 160 pp. [ISBN: 1841141518] [Index]
Hemery, Pauline. Clearbrook: The Story of a Dartmoor Hamlet, Halsgrove Press (1998) 112 pp.
Lethbridge, Lilian. Clearbrook in those days. [Yelverton]: Yelverton and District Local History Society (1990) 56 p. ill., map. [ISBN: 0951519816].
Marshall, William. The Rural Economy of the West of England, London, G. Nicol (1796) i, 209 pp. [Relates mainly to Buckland Abbey]
Mobbs, Amy M. The village of Horrabridge on the edge of Dartmoor. Callington: Penwell (1976) 84p: ill,maps,ports.
Rowe, John. Horrabridge as it was. Yelverton and District Local History Society, 1989, 26 pp., [4] pp. of plates. ISBN: 0951519808 (pbk).
Horrabridge & district: Part One: Horrabridge village, the bridge & the River Walkham. Callington: Caradon Printers (1980) 16p: ill,maps.
Worthy, Charles. Devonshire Parishes. Exeter: William Pollard (1887) - Vol. 1, pp. 77- 120.
Newsletter. Nos 1-9 plus index. 1984-92. Yelverton and District Local History Soc. (1992) 1 vol: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - sxB/BUC 1/0001/YEL]

Land and Property

Brown, Mike. An Episode in the History of the Crapstone Estate, Buckland Monachorum. Dartmoor Press (1997?) 12p. [Based on the 1784 deeds selling the Crapstone Estate to Jonathan Elford.]


Brown, Mike. Devon Manor Surveys 3 - Buckland Monachorum 1740, Dartmoor Press (2001).

Military History

RAF Harrowbeer Yelverton website - "dedicated to all those who lived, worked, or gave their lives, whilst serving at RAF Harrowbeer, Yelverton, Devon".


Names, Personal

Brown, Mike. Trade Directory Entries from 1850, 1857, 1866, 1878, 1890 for the Parishes of Buckland Monachorum, Sampford Spiney, Walkhampton, & Whitchurch, inc. the Village of Horrabridge. Dartmoor Press (1997?) 24p.


Mobbs, Amy M. Horrabridge and district. Part 2: Tin and copper mines of Horrabridge. Callington: Caradon Printers (1980) 24p: ill,maps.

Probate Records

Transcript of the will of Elizabeth Drake (1632) provided by Kathleen Noye.

Copy of the Wills of Sir Francis Drake, Sir Francis Henry Drake, and Sir Thomas Trayton Fuller Elliott Drake, all of Buckland, England. Chicago Beach: Barnaby and Co. (1880). [16-18th c.]


Isherwood, R.B. The story of a school, 1675-1976: St Andrews, Buckland Monachorum. Buckland M.: School Appeal Co (1976) 36p: ill. [Raymond: Includes various lists of staff and pupils.]


Yelverton and District Local History Society website - provides details of their extensive list of publications.