"KINGSTON, a small scattered village, 3½ miles S.S.W. of Modbury, has in its parish 529 souls, and 2233 acres of land, extending westward to the Erme estuary and southward to Bigbury Bay. The manor of Kingston belongs to Rd. Julian, Esq., and that of Scobbescombe to T. Bulteel, Esq. The Wise family own Langston and Wonwell, and the Duke of Somerset and a few smaller owners have estates here. The Church is a small ancient structure, and the living is a curacy, annexed to the vicarage of Ermington." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Ermington Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes, and Diocese of Exeter. Regarded as part of the South Hams area.



Transcripts of the Kingston Memorial Inscriptions are provided by the Kingston Local History Society.



Name index to the 1841 census, from the Parishes of the South Hams website.


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1630 are held in the Devon Record Office.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837 - for details see their Devon Parish List.

The members' area of the Devon FHS website makes available online images, not at present (Jan 2016) available elsewhere, of the Parish Registers covering Kingston Baptisms, Marriages and Burials: 1630-1734, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials: 1732-1814, Baptisms: 1814-1865, Baptisms: 1865-1915, Marriages: 1763-1836, Marriages: 1837-1907, Marriages: 1910-1915, Banns: 1824-1914, Burials: 1814-1914.

Scanned transcripts of the Kingston Parish Registers (covering 1630 to 1893, though with gaps) are provided by the Kingston Local History Society.

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

  • Wesleyan Chapel: Registers for c1813-37 - see Kingsbridge (PRO RG 4/1088)

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1635-1814 and Marriages 1631-1836.

An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the Deanery of Plympton. with photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Devonshire Directory 1850 and The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868), CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2007). [Brixton: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Cornwood: Bapt (1813-1840), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1838), Ermington: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1838), Bur (1813-1837 ), Harford: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1755-1837), Bur (1813-1838), Holbeton: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Ivybridge: Bapt (1835-1840), Mar (1835-1840), Bur (1836-1840), Kingston: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1836), Bur (1813-1837), Modbury: Bapt (1813-1840), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Newton Ferrers: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1836), Bur (1813-1837)), North Huish: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Plympton St. Mary: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Plympton St. Maurice: Bapt (1813-1840), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Plymstock: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Revelstoke: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Shaugh Prior: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1835), Ugborough: Bapt (1813-1840), Mar (1754-1841), Bur (1813-1837), Wembury: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1612-1837), Bur (1813-1840), Yealmpton: Bapt (1813-1840), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837)]


Description & Travel

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

You can see pictures of Kingston which are provided by:



Transcription of the entry in White's Devonshire Directory (1850) by Terry Partridge.



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



The Online Parish Clerk scheme's representative for this parish is Cilla Dyson, who invites queries and lookup requests. (Resources: Censuses 1841-1901, Baptisms 1635 - 1734 for Fox, Froud(e)/Frowd(e), Wilton & Woodmason. Baptisms 1732 - 1813 for Daw, Fox, Freeman, Froud(e)/Frowd(e), Hackworthy, Light, Wilton & Woodmason. Marriages 1632 - 1732 for Fox, Froude(e)/Frowd(e) and Woodmason (not witnessed). Marriages 1765 - 1836 (with witnesses) for Daw, Fox, Freeman, Froud(e)/Frowd(e), Hackworthy, Light & Wilton. Burials 1630 - 1729 for Fox, Froud(e)/Frowd(e) and Woodmason.)

The South Hams Genealogical Information Resource website offers lookups in their records concerning this parish.

Dyson, P.L. The Will of Samuel Hackworthy, Devon Family Historian, vol. 117, (Feb 2006) pp.36-37. [Account of the Hackworthy family of Kingston]



Petter, Helen Mary. Kingston two hundred years ago. Kingston History Society (1988) 13 pp. ISBN: 0951227718 (pbk).

Kingston, a South Hams village. Kingsbridge (2 Wheel Row, Kingston, Kingsbridge, Devon TQ7 4PN): Kingston History Society (1980) 32 pp. chiefly ill., facsims., ports.

Kingston remembered. Kingston: Kingston Hist.Soc. (1987) 32p: ill. [ISBN 095122770x]



View a map of the boundaries of this town/parish.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX635477 (Lat/Lon: 50.313397, -3.918492), Kingston which are provided by:


Military History

Sullock, J.D.C. Militia of the South Hams - Part Two: Ashprington, Portlemouth, Chivelstone, Thurlestone, Ugborough, Modbury, Aveton Giffard, Harford, Kingston, Holbeton, Ermington, Ringmore and Bigbury.(1569AD). J.D.C. Sullock, Stockton, Cleveland (n.d.) 9p



Waterhouse, G. (ed.) Modbury Schools Looking Back, Including the History of Bigbury, Brownston, Kingston and Ringmore Scools, 1881-1981. [Modbury]: {Devon County Council?] (1891). [Raymond: Includes various lists of names, and many personal remiinscences.]



Kingston History Society, Secretary: Joyce Masters, Home Farm Bungalow, Kingston, Devon - their website notably contains scanned transcripts of PRs.