Milton Abbot


"MILTON ABBOT is a pleasant and well-built village, on a gentle eminence, 6 miles N.W. by W. of Tavistock, and E.S.E. of Launceston, and has in its parish 1256 inhabitants, and 6617 acres of land, generally fertile and in pasturage, and including the hamlets, &c., of Foghanger, Quither, Edgcumbe, and Chillaton, and many scattered houses. The Duke of Bedford is lord of the manors of Milton Abbott, Foghanger, Week-Dabernon, and West Liddaton . . . [He] owns the greater part of the parish, and has a beautiful occasional seat here, called ENDSLEIGH COTTAGE, delightfully situated in the picturesque valley of the Tamar, in the midst of sylvan pleasure grounds, through which the river winds in a semi-circular reach, amidst some of the most romantic scenery in Devon and Cornwall. . . . Permission to view this earthly paradise may be obtained of the Duke's steward, at his office, in Tavistock. The Parish Church (St. Constantine,) is a large handsome structure, with a tower and six bells. It is in the perpendicular style, and has lately been repaired, cleansed, and beautified. . . . The Rev. St. Vincent Love Hammick, M.A., is the incumbent, and has a good residence, erected in 1838, . . . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Tavistock Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes and the Diocese of Exeter.



Kenner, Henry. Memoir of Mrs Mary Ann Cole. The Bible Christian Magazine. Being a Continuation of the Arminian Magazine, Vol. 3 of the 4th Series. (Vol 46 from commencement). Plymouth, Devon: J. Thorne (1867) pp. 169-171. [Index]

LLoyd, Janice. A Braginton Follow-Up, Devon Family Historian, vol. 173, (2020) pp.15-16. [Mary Ann (Bragington) Vanstone (1826-1910)]



Transcriptions of the 1841 Census - Enumeration District No. 1, Enumeration District No. 2 and Enumeration District No. 3, by Marjorie Fisher.

Nick Mayne has prepared an index to the 1891 census, and is prepared to check for particular names in it on request.


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1653 are held in the Devon Record Office.

Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1653 are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1838 - for details see their book list.

Transcripts of baptisms (1654-1723), baptisms (1724-1812), baptisms (1813-1837), baptisms (1838-1875), baptisms (1876-1912), banns (1655-1658), burials (1653-1812), burials (1813-1852), burials (1852-1912), marriages (1654-1754 by grooms), marriages (1654-1754 by brides), marriages (1754-1837 by grooms) and marriages (1754-1837 by brides) by Phillipa Stout.

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

  • Wesleyan Chapel: Registers for c1808-37 - see Tavistock (PRO RG 4/341)

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1653-1786 and Marriages 1654-1767.

Milton Abbot christenings 1701-1812 - SoG Data Online DE/REG (SoG Members only).

Brown, Mike. 1754-1812 Burial Indexes: Milton Abbot. RT27, Dartmoor Press (2000).

Glanville, J. Gleanings from Parish Registers. Devon Family Historian 45 (1988) pp.23-24.

Pengellly, W.R. The Parish Expenditure of Milton Abbot, Devon for the Year 1588. Trans. Devon Assoc. 11 (1879) pp.213-255.

Taylor, C.H. An enquiry as to the genuineness of the parish accounts of Milton Abbott for the year 1588. Trans. Dev. Assoc. vol. 27, (1895) pp. 199-212. [Index]

Pengelly, William. The parish expenditure of Milton Abbot, Devon for the year 1588. Trans. Devon. Assoc. (1879) 43p.

The Deanery of Tavistock, CD008, Devon Family History Society, Exeter (2007). [Contains indexes: Bradstone - Baptisms 1813-1840, Marriages 1755-1838, Burials 1813-1837; Brentor - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1755-1834, Burials 1801-1845; Bridestowe - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Broadwoodwidger - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1836, Burials 1813-1837; Coryton - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1755-1837, Burials 1806-1860; Dunterton - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1836, Burials 1752-1837; Kelly - Baptisms 1813-1842, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1838; Lamerton - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1844, Burials 1812-1838; Lewtrenchard - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1840; Lifton - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1650-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Lydford - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1780-1841; Maryystow - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1755-1837, Burials 1792-1837; Milton Abbot - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1838; Princetown - Baptisms 1813-1839, Burials 1815-1853; Sourton - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1723-1837, Burials 1814-1838; Stowford - Baptisms 1811-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Sydenham Damerel - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1755-1837, Burials 1750-1837; Tavistock - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Thrushelton - Baptisms 1813-1840, Marriages 1755-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Virginstow - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1755-1836, Burials 1813-1839.]


Description & Travel

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

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Transcript of the Milton Abbot section of White's Devonshire Dictionary (1850), provided by Phillipa Stout.

Copy provided by Val Henderson of the entry (description and names) in Morris and Co's Commercial Directory and Gazetteer of Devonshire 1870.



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



Bryan, Linda. Dinah Simmons, A Revealing Certificate, Devon Family Historian, no. 180, (2021) p.26. [Dinah Reed, b. 1838.]

Elx. Veale Family. Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol. VII, (1912-1913), Exeter: James G. Commin. 1913, p. 200. [Transcript]

Martin, Bina Elizabeth. Edgcumbes of Edgcumbe: a supplement to Parsons and Prisons. South Africa: The author (1976) xxvi, 144p: ports. [Westcountry Studies Library - s929.2/EDG]

Taylor, Alan J. C. Bickell of Milton Abbot, Edgecombe Family genealogy & history, vol. 4a, 4b, (1997) [DFHS Library p929.2/BIC]

Worthy, C. Devonshire Parishes: or the antiquities, heraldry and family history of twenty-eight parishes in the archdeaconry of Totnes (2 vols), Exeter, W. Pollard (1887). [Chap. XII: Milton Abbot - FORTESCUE; EDGCUMBE; Dr Gilbert, Archbishop of York; house of RUSSELL; RUNDLE of Milton Abbot; HAMMICK pedigree] [Index]

Records of the Edgcumbe family. (1888) [8], 142p. [Westcountry Studies Library - s929.2/EDG]


Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Milton Abbot has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



Holman, H. Wilson. Milton Abbot, Devon. Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol. VI, (January 1910 to October 1911), pp. 68-9. [Transcript]

Pengelly, W.R. The Parish Expenditure of Milton Abbot, Devon for the Year 1588. Trans. Devon Assoc. vol. 11 (1879) pp. 213-255. [Index]

Williams, H. Fulford. Notes on the Parish of Milton Abbot, Devon. Typescript (1964) 7 leaves. [Westcountry Studies Library]

Worthy, Charles. Devonshire Parishes. Exeter: William Pollard (1887) - Vol. 1, pp. 249- 300.


Land & Property

English legal documents collection, 1541-1711, 1808. MSS, [University of Michigan - University Library: MIUR85-A61] [Includes 18 indentures, 1541-1711, for land holdings of the Edgecombe family, chiefly in the county of Devon, a number being in the parish of Milton Abbot]



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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX407792 (Lat/Lon: 50.590738, -4.25188), Milton Abbot which are provided by:


Probate Records

Transcripts of the wills of John Davy (1822) and James Davy (1854) by David Davy.