Thursday, 14 April 2016

A to Z Challenge - L

The Blogging from A to Z Challenge is to post everyday (except Sunday) in the month of April 2016 starting with the letter A and going all the way to Z. The theme I chose is Genealogy Tips. At the end I will give a related post from my blog Genealogy: Beyond the BMD.

L is for Loyalty

It was once common for persons to swear an Oath of Loyalty and Fealty to their king or lord.

I believe I found my ancestors names on a list of Oaths sworn at The George, Kingsbridge, Devonshire, England on 4 November 1723 before Courtenay Croker, William Ilbert, William Cholwich and John Fowell esqs.

I notice the Bastards of Alvington are in attendance ;-)

This accounting gives the location of "the George"..

"The George doesn't exist any longer as such; it was a tavern on Church Steps, next to St. Edmund's Church. It was listed as a tavern by 1707, also called the Old Tavern, and sometime before 1775 known as the Prince George. It was untenanted in the 1770s and 80s because of a legal dispute, had reopened as the George Inn by 1841, then closed again in 1872 and was converted to a house and solicitor's office. The site is now behind Lidstone’s butchers at 70 Fore Street." (from Kingsbridge Museum)

Map of Kingsbridge 1586

Did you find ancestors that made an oath of loyalty and fealty to the king or someone?
There were other occasions to take an oath of loyalty.  Check them out in the link below.

Related Post: Fealty, Loyalty, Allegiance

PS: I would just like to say that L is also for Love - the love passed down from person to person of each generation. The Love of my Mom, who passed away this week. We keep her in our hearts and tell her stories to the grandchildren.


  1. After the Civil War (1860-65), prisoners of war had to sign oaths of loyalty, or at least I think so. That is not something I remember learning in school. However, I found such a thing when researching a distant relative from that period.
    And I'm sorry to read about your mom.
    Visiting from AtoZ
    Jollett Etc.

  2. Hadn't thought of looking for these so I'm off to look. Thank you and take care.


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