>What sort of percentage do these 'foreign' surnames represent, compared to
>the typical Devon surnames?
From our research so far it seems to be around 7% which on the face of it is
actually quite high considering there are 12% of indigenous family names
which can be traced back to the 14th century.
The hunting of the Earl of Rone is a good example of the ceremonial
humiliating of the outsider. This ceremony is quite different to the many
'green man' ceremonies which occur in the district - Pilton being the
In many Devon villages the locals suggest that one cannot become a local
until at least your grandmother is buried in the churchyard. In Combe Martin
it goes one further - your great grandmother has to be buried in the
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From: "Bob Burns" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, February 16, 2005 6:31 PM
Subject: Re: A mobile society or not!
On Wed, 16 Feb 2005 17:22:53 -0000, Trevor Dunkerley
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>In 1272 over 350 miners were brought from Derbyshire to Combe Martin in
Devon. >The same thing happened again in 1341. Henry VIII invited many
hundreds of >Spanish miners from Seville and Elizabeth I brought several
hundred miners from >the Hartz mountains to mine the silver.
>We still have Derbyshire surnames in the village (Peake), German (Rommel),
and >Spanish (Gonzalez) to name but a few. In the 19th century many miners
from >Combe Martin moved to Canadian mines.
What sort of percentage do these 'foreign' surnames represent, compared to
the typical Devon surnames?
>It's also very interesting that 'born and bred' locals have a very deep
seated >resentment of 'incomers' which clearly stems from the socio
injustices suffered >through these large influxes of 'incomers' into a
small land locked village >community over many centuries.
I am not sure that there is anything unusual about this, as Devonians have
always been a bit suspicious of 'foreigners' from 'up the line'. Although
maybe in the case of Combe Martin, the large influxes of 'foreign' miners
could account for the strange enactments of the recently revived ceremonial
of the 'Hunting of the Earl of Rone', in that the Earl of Rone may have
been seen as the embodiment of unwelcome foreigners, and therefore
ceremonially humiliated by the Hobby Horse and eventually kicked out of the
village (into the sea).