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Some Colyton Rebels and their Fate

Colyton Rebel
After the rebellion, out of the 105 listed Colyton men, it is believed around 70 were captured and faced 'The Hanging Judge' Jeffreys at the 'Bloody Assizes held' around Dorset, Devon and Somerset. 23 were sentenced to transportation and slavery in the west Indies.

Two rebels, Peter Bagwell and John Whicker actually escaped and, after many adventures, eventually made it back to Colyton. After pardons were granted others returned to their homes whilst it is thought some chose to established themselves elsewhere. Fifteen were sentenced to be hanged of which two, yeoman John Sprague

and weaver William Clegg, were sent back to Colyton to face their grizzly fate at the end of the rope. The intention was clearly to put the maximum fear into the townsfolk to ensure they should never rise up in rebellion again.

 At least three of those listed, Edward Venn, Phillip Cox and William Greenway, failed to survive the hard and punishing sea journey. Their bodies, with minimum ceremony, were simply tipped overboard.
 
The book The Most Rebellious Town in Devon gives a full account of that period of history and the rebels' individual experiences. Click the Publications button on the menu for full details.

Sentenced to be Transported to Slavery

Rebel  Trade Fate
Francis Bagwell Serge weaver Tried at Wells
Roger French   Eventually returned to Colyton from the West Indies 
John Facey Yeoman  
Richard Daniell    
John Bagwell Yeoman and cordwainer  
Peter Bagwell Yeoman Eventually returned to Colyton from the West Indies 
John Butcher Yeoman Tried at Wells. Escaped between there and Sherborne.
Included in the 1686 pardon.
Phillip Cox Husbandman  
John Facey Yeoman  
Roger French aged 36   Tried at Dorchester, was left out of the ship bound for Barbados, (there is a Colyton burial note dated 1698).
William Greenaway Worsted comber  
John Heathfield Cordwainer  
Bernard Lowman    
George Macey Yeoman  
William Marthers Carpenter  
John Moggridge Weaver  
Robert Sandy    
John Skiffes   Eventually returned to Colyton from the West Indies  
Peter Ticken    
John Truren Worsted comber Tried at Dorchester but also left out of the ship. He and his wife are recorded as died in Dorchester goal and buried January 20th 1686.
Edward Venn    
Nicholas Warren   Tried at Dorchester but also left out of the ship.
Benjamin Whicker   Eventually returned to Colyton from the West Indies 
John Whicker (father of Benjamin)
  Eventually returned to Colyton from the West Indies  

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Rebels Sentenced to Hang

Rebel Trade Fate
Osmond Barratt Soapboiler and husbandman Tried at Taunton and hanged at Ilchester.
William Clegg Weaver Tried at Exeter and returned to Colyton to be hanged.
Robert Cooke Yeoman Tried at Wells and hanged at Norton St. Phillip.
Richard Hall Cordwainer Tried at Dorchester and hanged at Sherborne.
Nicholas Hoare Tanner Tried at Dorchester and hanged at Poole.
John Knowles Yeoman aged 39 Tried at Exeter and hanged at Honiton.
Humphrey Mitchell Yeoman aged 27 Tried at Taunton and hanged at Nether Stowey.
James Pyes Carpenter Tried at Wells and hanged at Glastonbury.
Joseph Restorick Husbandsman Tried at Dorchester and hanged at Poole
Roger Satchell Cordwainer and yeoman Tried at Dorchester and hanged at Weymouth.
John Savage Yeoman and tailor Tried at Dorchester and hanged at Sherborne.
George Seaward (Seward/ Selwood) Yeoman  Tried and hanged at Dorchester.
Joseph Speed Shoemaker and cordwainer Tried and hanged at Dorchester.
John Sprague (Sprake) Yeoman Tried at Exeter and returned to Colyton to be hanged.
John Starr (Starke) Yeoman Tried at Wells and hanged at Pensford.

Click HERE for a full list of Colyton rebels.

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