When the Friends of Devon’s Archives were cataloguing the 1723 Militia Assessment, we are fortunate that they located a 1699 Militia List for the Lifton Hundred. The list names nine officers and 154 soldiers, identified as ‘A list of the trained souldiers under the com[m]and of Lieutennt Col[onel] Josias Calmady in S[i]r Francis Drakes regiment’. The nine officers were from across the Hundred, however the commanding officer Josias Calmady was from Eastlake Farm in Bratton Clovelly therefore we have included the list of officers in the transcript below. Bratton Clovelly was required to provide 9 soldiers in total for the militia and the 8 soldiers listed below are those from Bratton Clovelly in addition to Josias.
|30||10||1699||Lifton Hundred||Josias||Calmady||Esqr Lieutennt Col[onel]|
|30||10||1699||Lifton Hundred||John||Coutes||gent Lieutennt|
|30||10||1699||Lifton Hundred||Samuell||Karkeet||Merch[an]t Ensigne|