I came across this facsimile of a published letter giving the details of the outcomes of
the Bloody Assize at Exeter. Not very cheerful reading, but it may be of interest.
An Account of the Proceedings against the Rebels at an Assize holden at Exeter, on the
14th of this Instant September, 1685, where to the Number of 26 persons were Tried for
High-Treason, and found Guilty.
As also an Account of the several Persons Names that were appointed to be Executed, and
the places they are to be Executed at.
I having already given an Account of the Proceedings at Dorchester; I shall now proceed to
that at Exeter; where on the 14th of this instant, were Arraigned for High-Treason the
Persons whose names follow.
William Siller jun.
The Persons above-named, being in Number, Twenty Three, were Indicted for High-Treason,
and upon their Arraignment of Death pleading Guilty, and have since received Judgement.
John Foweracres, and Robert Drower, puting themselves upon Tryal were found Guilty, and
received Judgement as the former.
Thomas Hobbs, Tried for Proclaiming Monmouth King at Crediton in the County of Devon, was
found Guilty, and received Judgement.
These are all the Persons that were Tried at Exeter and received Judgement, in Number
Twenty Six, out of which Number, Fourteen are ordered to be Executed at the several places
John Foweracres, Executed at Exeter.
Thomas Hobbs, at Crediton.
William Parsons, at ottery St. Mary.
Thomas Quintin, at Ottery St. Mary.
John Sprake, at Collyton.
William Clegg, at Collyton.
John Oliver, at Honiton.
Henry Knight, at Honiton.
Samuel Pots, at Honiton.
John Knowles, at Honiton.
Thomas Broughton, at Axminster.
John Gosling, at Axminster.
Timothy Dunkin, at Axminister.
John Ross, at Axminster.
The Heads and Quarters of these Persons are to be fixed where the King shall appoint.
September 15th 1685.
Barnstaple On-Line Parish Clerk
Web site at www.barnstapleopc.co.uk