[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)]

"LUNDY ISLAND, an island parish in the hundred of Braunton, county Devon, 4 miles N. of Clovelly. It is situated in the mouth of the Bristol Channel, nearly opposite Hartland Point, and is upwards of 3 miles in length by 1 mile in breadth. The coast is extremely precipitous, being accessible only at one point on the eastern side. From a rock called the Constable, at the northern end of the island, a fine view is commanded of the English and Welsh coasts. Near the south-eastern point are the remains of a strong fortification, said to have belonged to Morisco, the famous pirate, in the reign of Henry III., and which, in the Parliamentary war, was held by Lord Saye and Sele for Charles I. In the reign of William and Mary the French seized the island by stratagem, and maintained themselves in it for some time."

Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003