In fact, it once took the title of ‘the most rebellious town in Devon.’
Colyton was becoming increasingly influenced by Catholics, which led to religious dissent in the area. As a result, 105 Colyton men chose to follow the Duke of Monmouth – more than any other Devon town.
Although none of these men had any fighting experience, they believed the popularity of the rebellion would triumph – unfortunately for them they were defeated at the battle of Sedgemoor due to tactical errors and fatal misjudgements.
Zachary Drover, 21, was found hiding under a water wheel, but was pardoned – many others were hanged or sent into slavery in the West Indies.