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On the substitution of firearms for the longbow and contributions to the national armament at Chagford, in the County of Devon during the sixteenth century

Trans. Devon Assoc. vol. 17 (1885), illus. pp. 337-344.


G. Wareing Ormerod

Prepared by Michael Steer

National defence was organized on the basis of the shire or county, and was one of the responsibilities of the Lord Lieutenant. Each of the county hundreds was likewise the responsibility of a Deputy Lieutenant, who relayed orders to the justices of the peace or magistrates. Every parish furnished a quota of eligible men, whose names were recorded on muster rolls. Likewise, each household was assessed for the purpose of finding weapons, armour, horses, or their financial equivalent, according to their status. The militia was supposed to be mustered for training purposes from time to time, but this was rarely done. This paper presents Chagford's militia returns for the years 1480-1599. Google with the Archive Organization has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. The Internet Archive makes available, in its Community Texts Collection (originally known as Open Source Books), books that have been digitised by Google from a number of libraries. These are books on which copyright has expired, and are available free for educational and research use. This rare book was produced from a copy held by the University of Michigan Library, and is available from the Internet Archive.


Aynell, John 341
Benett, John 341
Bettye, Recherd 341
Brocke, Thomas 341
Brydges, Sir Egerton 340
Carie, Mr 340, 343
Dennys, Sir Robert 340, 343
Dunnynge, John 344
Edward IV 337-8
Elizabeth I 337
Endacott, John 344
ffrensche, John 341
Freend, John 341
Fry, Gregory 342
Godolphin, Sydney 340
Henry, Dr 338
Henry VII 337-8
Henry VIII 337-8
Hill, George 343
Hill, Robert 342-3
Hole, John 341-2
Hunte, John 342
Hyll, Herry 341
Knevyt, Anthony 337
Lopas, Roberd 341-2
Loskey, John 342
Mary, Queen 338
Maunder, John 343-4
Mewtas, Peter 337
Meyrick, Sir S R 338
Morris, Sir Charles 337
Newcomb, John 341-2
Noseworthy, Augustino 340
Nosworthy, John 342
Owen, John 338
Peperell, John 342
Perryman, Nycollas 342
Peryman, John 341
Raleigh, Mr 340, 343
Rowe, Richard 342
Rowe, Robert 342
Serrell, Wyllyam 341
Smyth, Henry 342
Stowe 338
Strutt 337-8
Trend, Robert 342-3
Tuckfile, Henrico 340
Tyngcomb, Wyllyam 342
Varder, Wyllyam 341-2
Vel, Simon 341
Whiddon, Mr John armig 340-1
Yeldon, Thomas (also Yolden) 341, 343