Villages: ASHPRINGTON. PORTLEMOUTH, THURLESTONE UGBOROUOH, MODBURY, AVETON GIFFORD HARFORD, KINGSTON, HOLBETON, ERMINGTON, RINGMORE AND BIGBURY Over 800 names mentioned, most with their weaponry The Militia of 1569 AD Introduction In the England of 1569, the traditional enemy was France; but if France was hated, thanks to "Bloody Mary", Spain was detested. When a new Spanish ambassador arrived in London, he was refused residence in the Palace of Whitehall, and ignored. As a result of the anti-Spanish feeling in the country the ambassador suggested to Philip of Spain that England could only be dealt with "sword in hand". Elizabeth's government was also reaching the same conclusion about Spain.
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This is the closest militia list to the Armada Crisis of Queen Elizabeth's reign, and it's likely that if your ancestor is amongst this list, they would have been called up in the dark days of 1588AD to defend the Devon coastline.