Transcript of the 1723 Devon Oath Roll for Halberton

These documents form part of the Devon Quarter Sessions records held at the Devon Heritage Centre.

Since Elizabethan times there had been a succession of oath taking in England to secure the loyalty of subjects in response to perceived issues of religion, plots against royalty and lineage.

This one of 1723 was the result of the aftermath of the Jacobite Atterbury plot of 1720-22. All men and women over the age of 18 were required to swear loyalty to George 1 before magistrates unless they had done so in the first year of his accession in 1715. There appears to be no property qualification. However in Devon no-one seems to have been prosecuted for not swearing.

Two versions of the transcription of Halberton entries in the 1723 Devon Oath Rolls are available on our website:

Click here for the Excel spreadsheet

Click here for the PDF document

Further information about the issue of oath taking in Devon at this time may be seen on the Friends of Devon Archives website; click here.


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