Buckland Monachorum Devon Family History Guide

Status: Ancient Parish

Other places included in the parish: Milton, Milton Combe, Yelverton

Parish church: Holy Trinity

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1538
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1611

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Bible Christian Methodist, Wesleyan Methodist

Adjacent Parishes

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BUCKLAND-MONACHORUM, a village, a parish, and a subdistrict, in the district of Tavistock, Devon. The village stands near the river Tavey, and near the Horrabridge station of the Tavistock railway, 4 miles S by E of Tavistock; and has a post office, of the name of Buckland, under Plymouth. It formerly was a market town; and still has a fair on Trinity-Monday. The parish includes also the hamlet of Milton, and part of the village of Horrabridge. Acres, 6,338. Real property, £6,155. Pop., 1,489. Houses, 290. The property is subdivided. The manor belongs to Sir Lopes Massey Lopes, Bart. Buckland Abbey, a Tudor edifice, was the favourite residence of Sir Francis Drake, the famous navigator; contains some interesting souvenirs of him; and is now the seat of his descendant, Sir T. T. F. E. Drake, Bart. Grapstone, Bickham, and Pound are the seats of respectively the Leaches, the Gills, and the Bullers. A Cistertian Abbey was founded in the parish, in 1278, by Amicia, countess-dowager of Devonshire; castellated by one of its abbots; given, at the dissolution, to Richard Greyfield; and garrisoned during the civil war. Small but interesting remains of the buildings still exist. There are several copper mines, and a tin mine. The living is a vicarage, united with the p. curacy of St. John's, in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £430. Patron, the Rev. Dr. R. Hayne. The church is perpendicular English, and cruciform, with a tower; and contains carved old seats, a decorated ceiling, and a monument, by Bacon, to Lord Heathfield, the defender of Gibraltar. A Baptist chapel is in the village; and a chapel of ease and a Wesleyan chapel are at Horrabridge. A school has £10 from endowment; and other charities have £18. The subdistrict contains six parishes and part of another. Acres, 86,562. Pop., 8,698. Houses, 1,447.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Parish Records

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Birth Marriage and Death Records

England, Devon Bishop's Transcripts, 1558-1887

England, Devon and Cornwall Marriages, 1660-1912

England, Devon, Parish Registers, 1538-1912


England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975

England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991

England Marriages, 1538–1973 

England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008

England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007

England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005

England and Wales Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8), 1588-1977


Great Britain Deaths and Burials, 1778-1988

Great Britain Marriages, 1797-1988

Great Britain, Births and Baptisms, 1571-1977

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

Grave Indexes

BillionGraves Index

Find A Grave Index

Migration and Naturalisation Records

Migration Records at FamilySearch

Newspaper Archives

British Newspaper Archive, Family Notices

British Newspaper Archives, Obituaries

Census Records

England and Wales Census, 1841

England and Wales Census, 1851

England and Wales Census, 1861

England and Wales Census, 1871

England and Wales Census, 1881

England and Wales Census, 1891

England and Wales Census, 1901

England and Wales National Register, 1939

Probate and Court Records

England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957

Military Records

Great Britain, War Office Registers, 1772-1935

United Kingdom, Chelsea Pensioners' Service Records, 1760-1913

United Kingdom, Merchant Navy Seamen Records, 1835-1941

United Kingdom, Militia Service Records, 1806-1915

United Kingdom, Royal Hospital Chelsea: Discharge Documents of Pensioners 1760-1887 (WO 122)

United Kingdom, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920

United Kingdom, World War I Women's Army Auxiliary Corps Records, 1917-1920


Vision of Britain historical maps


County: Devon
Civil Registration District: Tavistock
Probate Court: Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Archdeaconry of Totnes
Diocese: Exeter
Rural Deanery: Tamerton
Poor Law Union: Tavistock
Hundred: Roborough
Province: Canterbury