Monday, 4 May 2015
Fealty, Loyalty, Allegiance
Swearing an Oath of Fealty, Loyalty or Allegiance could have been to King, Country, Church (cardinals swear fealty to the Pope), or even to an Organization. Soldiers would swear fealty to their leader before heading into battle, and the defeated would swear fealty to the new ruler.
In the traditional sense of swearing fealty to ones king, I can imagine my ancestor swearing fealty to William of Orange before the Battle of the Boyne.
I found a list of names of Oaths sworn at The George, Kingsbridge, 4 November 1723 before Courtenay Croker; William Ilbert, William Cholwich and John Fowell esqs.
This oath of fealty was taken during the local Quarter Sessions and administered by the justices of the peace.
Included on the list is one Thomas King of Loddiswell. This may be the father of my 5x great grandfather Thomas King who ran the mill in Loddiswell. Also a Dorothy King, widow (his grandmother?) There were not a lot of King surnames in Loddiwell in the 1700's, I just have no proof of relationship... yet! But it gives me something to go on.
Try looking in archives. I found a book which says that according to the Report of the Deputy Keeper of Public Records, in a box somewhere is a list of 300 names of barons and knights of Tarbe, Bigorro who signed the oath of allegiance to the King of England in 1362.
You can take a look at the Guide at National Archives UK.
Devon and Exeter Oath Rolls, 1723
Reports of Deputy Keeper of Public Records - oaths of Tarbe, Bigorro 1362
Allegiance to His Most Sacred Britanick Majesty King George the Third (English and French)
List of freemen, Massachusetts Bay Colony from 1630-1691: with freeman's oath
Names of Foreigners who took the oath of allegiance to the province and state of Pennsylvania, 1727-1775, with the foreign arrivals 1786-1808
Names of persons who took the oath of allegiance to the State of Pennsylvania, 1777-1789
Oath of Allegiance to King George III signed at Chippewa 1812
Oath of Allegiance Sworn in Bedford County, Aug - Nov 1777
Oath of Loyalty to Gustavus Hamilton, Fermanagh, Ireland
Patriots Oaths of Fidelity and Support - 1778
Oaths of Fealty & Acceptances website
I Swear! Historical Oaths of Fealty website
The Association Oath Rolls of the British Plantations (all over the world) 1696