Protestation Returns 1641/2

For Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire


Between February and March 1641 (by the Julian Calendar), all men over the age of 18 were asked to swear the following oath. One reason for the oath was to identify Roman Catholics. A list of all the men who swore the oath was made, and note was also taken of any who refused. Many lists are dated 6 March 1641, which was a Sunday.

The Oath

"I, _________ do, in the presence of Almighty God, promise, vow and protest to maintain and defend, as far as lawfully I may, with my Life, Power, and Estate, the true Reformed Protestant Religion, expressed in the Doctrine of the Church of England, against all Popery and Popish Innovations, within this Realm, contrary to the same Doctrine, and according to the duty of my Allegiance, His Majesty's Royal Person, Honour and Estate, as also the Power and Privileges of Parliaments, the lawful Rights and Liberties of the Subjects, and every person that maketh this Protestation, in whatsoever he shall do in the lawful pursuance of the same; and to my power, and as far as lawfully I may, I will oppose and by all good Ways and Means endeavour to bring to condign Punishment all such as shall, either by Force, Practice, Councels, Plots, Conspiricies, or otherwise, do any Thing to the contrary of any Thing in this present Protestation contained: and further, that I shall, in all just and honourable ways, endeavour to preserve the Union and Peace betwixt the Three Kingdoms of England, Scotland, and Ireland: and neither for Hope, Fear nor other Respect, shall relinquish this Promise, Vow and Protestation."

 

The following males in Kirkby-in-Ashfield, over the age of 18 years, were listed as swearing the oath.

ARMESTRONG, Anthony
BATEMAN, John
BAYLY, Roger
BENNET, Richard
BIGGE, Francis
BIGGE, John
BOOLD, Edward
BRAMMA, Robard
BRIDGES, John
BRIGHT, Francis
BULLOCKE, Francis
BULLOCKE, John
BULLOCKE, Richard
BUTLER, Thomas
COLLIER, Henry
COWPE, Jerome
CROSLEY, John
DANDRIDGE, John
DAY, Edward
DAY, Phillip
EARE, Thomas
EVERITT, Anthony
EVERITT, Nathan
EYRE, Richard
EYRE, Robert
EYRE, Thomas
EYRE, Thomas
FARNWORTH, Anthony
FARNEWORTH, Richard
FARNWORTH, Thomas
FITZ-RANDOLPHE, Ferdinando "hath not subscribed"
FLEEMAN, Christopher
FLEEMAN, John
FLETCHER, Henry
FOX, William
FOXE, Anthony
GOODWIN, Francis
GREENE, John
GREENE, Robert
HAMWORTH, William
HARE, Francis
HAWORTH, Richard
HAYSE, Thomas
HEARD, Milhil
HEATHCOTE, Thomas
HEATHCOATE, Thomas
HOLLINGWORTH, Edward
HOLLINGWORTH, Raphael, Churchwarden
HOLLINGWORTH, Richard
HUNT, Francis
INGALL, Mathew
INGALL, Mathew
JACKSON, Humphrey
JENINGS, William
JOHNSON, Francis
JOHNSON, John, Constable
KITCHIN, John
LEIGH, Thomas
LEIGHE, Francis
MARSHALL, Robert
MOTTRAM, Thomas
MUNDY, John
NEWTON, Christopher
NEWTON, Christopher
NEWTON, Lawrence
NEWTON, Nathan, Churchwarden
NEWTON, Raph.
NEWTON, Richard
NEWTON, Thomas
NEWTON, William
OXECROFTE, Thomas
PEERSON, William
PERRETT, Adam
PERROT, John
PINNER, George
RAWSON, Francis
REVILL, William
RICHARDS, Richard
RICHARDSON, Thomas
ROBARTS, William
ROBOTHAM, Henry
ROBOTHAM, Renold
ROBOTHAM, Richard
ROBOTHAM, Richard
SANSHAM, Alexander
SCOALES, Thomas
SILCOCKE, Richard
SONSHOWE, William
STENSONE, Christopher
TIBSHELL, Thomas
TOMSON, Henry
WAKELIN, William
WAKELING, Richard, Overseer
WHITEHEAD, Roger, Clerk
WHITWORTH, Richard
WILBORNE, Richard
WILSON, Henry
WITHAM, Martin
WHITWORTH, John
YOULE, Thomas