High Bray, Devon Family History Guide

High Bray is an Ancient Parish in the county of Devon.

Alternative names: Highbray

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1605
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1597

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

HIGHBRAY, a parish in Barnstaple district, Devon; on the river Bray, near the boundary with Somerset, 6½ miles NNW of South Molton, and 9½ E by N of Barnstaple r. station. Post town, North Molton, under South Molton. Acres, 4,273. Real property, £3,505. Pop., 295. Houses, 48. The property is divided among a few. Lydcott, the house whence Amy Robsart of Sir Walter Scott’s novel of “ Kenilworth ‘’ went, is now partly removed and partly a farm house; and the ancient chapel of it is now the farm garden; and a shilling of Queen Elizabeth was, a few years ago, found there. The surface of the parish is high, and partly moorish. An ancient fortification of about 4 acres, a tumulus 114 feet in circuit and 10 feet high, and several smaller tumuli, are on the moor. Successive strata in the tumuli have been found, on examination, to contain, -first, ashes, Roman coins, and cinerary urns; next, Greek coins; next, Egyptian coins, Phœnician coins, and copper arrow heads. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £280. Patron, P. P. Acland, Esq. The church is very ancient; has a peculiar tower; and contains a fine ancient font, and several very old monumental stones.

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

Parish Records

FamilySearch Catalog

Census

Census returns for Highbray, 1841-1891

Church Records

England, Devon, Highbray, bishop’s transcripts, 1597-1812 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Highbray (Devonshire); Devon Record Office (Exeter)

England, Devon, Highbray, parish registers, 1605-1991 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Highbray (Devonshire); Devon Record Office (Exeter)

High Bray : baptisms 1813-1839 Author: Devon Family History Society

High Bray : burials 1813-1837 Author: Devon Family History Society

High Bray marriage registers Author: Devon Family History Society

Court records

Land tax assessment for Highbray, 1780-1832 Author: Great Britain. Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace (Devonshire)

Taxation

Land tax assessment for Highbray, 1780-1832 Author: Great Britain. Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace (Devonshire)

Land tax assessment of Highbray, 1798

Maps

Vision of Britain historical maps

Administration

  • County: Devon
  • Civil Registration District: Barnstaple
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Archdeaconry of Barnstaple
  • Diocese: Exeter
  • Rural Deanery: Shirwell
  • Poor Law Union: Barnstaple
  • Hundred: Shirwell
  • Province: Canterbury