Transcript of the 1641 Protestation



PROTESTATION
1641

13th February the Lords Day parish of Winsham County of Somerset.

The Protestation was performed solemnly according to the order of the House of Commons in Parliament. By all the parishioners whose names are subscribed. I as do, in the presence of Almighty God promise, vow and protest to maintain and defend, as far as lawfully may, with my life, power and state the true reform Protestant Religion expressed in the doctrine of the Church of England against all Popery and Popish Innovations within this realm, contrary to the same doctrines and according to the duty of my allegiance to his Majesty’s royal person honour and estate as also the powers and privileges of parliament. The lawful rights and liberties of the subject and every person that makes this protestation in whatsoever he shall do in the lawful performance of the same and to my power and as far as I lawfully may I will appose and by all good ways and means endeavour to bring to condign punishment all such as shall either by force, practice, counsels, plots, conspiracies or otherwise, do anything to the contrary of anything in this present protestation contains and the union between the three kingdoms of England Scotland and Ireland and neither for hope, fear, nor any respect shall relinquish this promise, vow and protestation.

Signatories

JOHN WYATT Vicar
JOHN GRAYDON Clerk
JOHN DOMMET Church Warden
JOHN VLOWET Church Warden

Other names include -

THOMAS PAUL )
HENRY HENLY ) overseers

JOHN BRAKE
GEORGE BULFORD
THOMAS GOOD
THOMAS WHEADON
THOMAS STUCKEY
……… PAUL
……… HALLETT
……… LOARING

total about 145, some women were included, some made marks.

For a more complete (but slightly different) list of signatories click here

 


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