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On the Antiquity of Dartmouth

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Dr. Newman

Trans. Devon Assoc. 3 (1869). Plymouth: W Brendan & Son, pp. 130-134.

Index prepared by Michael Steer

The author was member of the Devonshire Association's Council. The Newman's were a long established Dartmouth merchant family. Dartmouth was long of strategic importance as a deep-water port for sailing vessels. The port was used as the sailing point for the Crusades of 1147 and 1190, and a creek close to Dartmouth Castle is supposed by some to be named for the vast fleets which assembled there (Warfleet Creek). It was a home of the Royal Navy from the reign of Edward III and was twice surprised and sacked during the Hundred Years' War, after which the mouth of the estuary was closed every night with a great chain. The narrow mouth of the Dart is protected by two fortified castles, Dartmouth Castle and Kingswear Castle. Originally Dartmouth's only wharf was Bayard's Cove, a relatively small but picturesque area protected by a fort at the southern end of the town. This rare book was produced from a digital copy held by the Asmolean Library that can be downloaded from Google Books. Google has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. Those on which copyright has expired are available for free educational and research use, both as individual books and as full collections to aid researchers.

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Aeneas, Prince 130
Batten, Admiral 133
Brutus 130
Cawley 134
Charles I 132
Chastel, Monsieur de 132
Edward III 131-2
Elizabeth 130, 132
Fairfax, Sir Thomas 132
Gilbert, Sir Humphrey 132
Hawley, John 133-4
Hayman 133
Holdsworth, Fort-Major Arthur 134
Maurice, Prince 132
Newcomin 134
Reid 134
Richard II 132
Richard III 131, 134
Roope, Nicholas 133
Smart, Rev John 130
Stow 130
Watt, James 134
William II, (Rufus) 131
William III (Prince of Orange) 133