Name Index


The Book Dialect of North Devon

Trans. Devon Assoc., vol 49, (1917), pp. 320-340.


R. Pearse Chope, B.A.

Prepared by Michael Steer

The Paper was presented at the Association’s Barnstaple meeting, 25th July, 1917. The author (1862–1938) was a civil servant in the Patent Office, an antiquarian and printer in Devon. He edited the Transactions of the Devonshire Association between 1928 and 1930. North Devon provides the settings of our county’s three dialect literature classics: (a) The Exmoor Scolding and Courtship; (b) A Devonshire Dialogue; and (c) Jim and Nell. They together cover a period extending from the early part of the 18th century to the latter part of the 19th, and derive from three separate localities in the northern division of the county - South Molton, Torrington, and Barnstaple. The Association’s 1917 meeting in the most central and largest town of the division presented Mr Chope with an opportunity to examine the characteristics of the dialect presented in these books, and ascertain in what respects they agree with, or differ from one another and the current "mouth - speech" of the district. His Paper may be found in a copy of a rare and much sought-after journal that can be downloaded from the Internet Archive. Google has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. These books, on which copyright has expired, are available for free educational and research use, both as individual books and as full collections to aid researchers.


Baker, Theophila324
Baker, Rev. Thomas324
Bowring, Benjamin320-1
Bowring, John321
Bowring, Sir John321
Brice, Andrew320-2
Bridge, Mr328
Brushfield, Dr.320-2
Capern, Edward326
Chanter, Rev. J.F.322
Chaucer, Geoffrey324-5
Defoe, Daniel326
Doidge, Arthur324
Doidge, Jane324
Elworthy, Mr F.T.320-1, 326-9, 333-4, 337
Gwatkin, Robert Lovell325
Gwatkin, Mrs Theophila325
Hole, Anne324
Hole family322
Hole, Hannah324
Hole, Jane324
Hole, Rev. John324
Hole, Joshua324
Hole, Rev. Joshua322, 324
Hole, Lewis324
Hole. Nicholas324
Hole, Rev. Nicholas324
Hole, Peter324
Hole, Rev. Richard322
Hole, Rev. William322, 324
Jenkins, Buckingham337
Johnson, Daniel325
Johnson, Jane325
Laycock, Mr Charles H.339
Lock, Peter Snr324
Lock, Peter321-2, 324
Lock, Susan324
Madden, Sir F322
Moreman, Andrew323
Oxon, H.321
Palmer, James Frederick325
Palmer, Jane325
Palmer, John325
Palmer, Rev. John325
Palmer, Mrs Mary324-5
Phillipps, Rev. John325
Potter, Rev. Matthew324
Potter, Theophila324
Reynolds, Sir Joshua324-5
Reynolds, Mary324
Reynolds, Rev. Samuel324
Reynolds, Theophila324
Rock, Henry326
Rock, William Frederick325, 332
Shakespeare, William324-5
Strode, William326
Triggs, Hannah324
Triggs, Rev. Robert324
Tucker, Anne324
Tucker, John324
Vaywell, Margery323
Vaywell, Nell323
Vaywell, Thomasin323
Vuzz, George334