Discover if your ancestors served in the Plymouth militia between 1625 and 1831.

What can these records tell me?

Each record includes an image of the original militia enrolment document.

The amount of information listed varies, but the Plymouth Militia records 1625-1831 usually include a combination of the following information about your ancestor:

  • Date of enlistment
  • If balloted or substitute
  • Parish

Learn more about the Plymouth Militia records

These records contain the names of 806 men who were called to serve in the Plymouth militia between 1625 and 1831.

Men, chosen by ballot to serve in the militia, could pay another man to act as a substitute; both names are included in the search results.

The records are for the following parishes St Budeaux, Ugborough, Wembury and Yealmpton.

In some cases the documents also include details of payments to wives who are unable to support themselves while their husband serves with the militia.


The original Plymouth militia records are held at Plymouth City Council's Plymouth & West Devon Record Office. They are the principal archive repository within Plymouth and the West Devon area. It exists to collect and preserve the historical records (archives) of the area and to promote and encourage their use by all who want to study them.