The President’s Jewel

Each year a person of standing in the county is invited to be Honorary President of The Devonshire Association.

A president’s year of office commences at the Annual General Meeting (held as part of the Annual DA Conference). The outgoing President chairs the AGM and invests the incoming President with the silver-and-enamel ‘President’s Jewel’, given to the Association in 1935 by Lady Radford. The new President then gives a talk on a Devon subject of his or her choosing, which is normally published as a keynote address in the forthcoming Transactions.

The President also conceives and organises the President’s one-day symposium assisted by the Executive Committee.


Current President 2019–2020

John Allan, BA, MPhil, FSA has been Consultant Archaeologist to the Dean & Chapter of Exeter Cathedral since 1990. He is also Archaeological Adviser to Glastonbury Abbey, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, Senior Hon. Research Fellow of the University of Exeter and Past President of the Devon Archaeological Society.

For twenty years (1984–2004) he was Curator of Antiquities at Exeter Museum. He has served as Joint Editor of the international journal Post-Medieval Archaeology and Editor (1984–1997) of the Devon Archaeological Society, and is currently the President of the Friends of Devon Archives. He has also been a leading specialist in the field of medieval pottery in South-West England since the 1970s. He has published one book, an edited volume and about 140 papers on different aspects of the medieval and later archaeology of South-West England including ceramics, church architecture, numismatics, domestic buildings and cultural links to Brittany.

He lives in Exeter with his wife Jill, and has two sons and two grandchildren who also live in the city.

Photo: Antony T. Buller

Coming President 2020–2021

Clare Broom has a professional and academic background in nature conservation, planning and countryside management. She spent thirty years working as an academic in the University sector, and as Head of an Environmental Science Department lead a small agri-environment research team. She was Dean of Faculty at the University of Plymouth’s Seale Hayne campus and subsequently served as a Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University. She has held DEFRA appointments on two of the Environment Agency’s Regional Flood and Coastal Committees. She has also worked as an environmental consultant.

Clare was a member of the National Trust’s Board of Trustees (2011–2017) and Chair of the Trust’s South West Regional Advisory Board and its predecessor (2006–2016). She served as an elected member of the Council of the National Trust for nine years until October 2018. She has been a Trustee of the Devon Wildlife Trust.

Clare lives in West Devon near Yelverton. Her family connections with Devon go back over two hundred years. She is a Deputy Lieutenant of Devon.

Photo: Antony T. Buller

Former Presidents

Some details of our most recent presidents are here.

List of all our Presidents

Including the locations of the AGMs at which they were inaugurated.

2019 Launceston John Allan, BA, MPhil, FSA
2018 Dartmouth Dame Suzi Leather
2017 Buckfast David Fursdon, MA, FRICS, FRAgS, (H.M. Lord Lieutenant of Devon)
2016 Cullompton Todd Gray, MBE, BA, PhD, FRHistS
2015 Tavistock Tom Greeves, MA, PhD
2014 Barnstaple Christopher Cornford, BA, MSc, PhD, CertEd, FGS
2013 Kingsbridge Andrew Cooper, BSc, Esq.
2012 Torquay The Revd Peter Beacham, OBE
2011 Axminster Canon Professor Nicholas Orme, MA, DPhil, DLitt, FSA, FRHistS
2010 Holsworthy Mr Roger F. S. Thorne, JP, CEng, MICE, FSA
2009 Dulverton Rachel Thomas, CBE, DL, BA, DrSc.h.c., FRGS
2008 Bovey Tracey Anthony Beard, Esq.
2007 Ilfracombe Justin Leigh, Esq.
2006 Salcombe Anthony Gibson, Esq., OBE, MA, Hon. MSc, ARAgS
2005 Seaton Prof. Malcolm Hart, BSc, PhD, DSc, ARCS, DIC, FGS, CGeol, CSci
2004 South Molton Prof. Ivan Roots, MA, FSA, FRHistS
2003 Chagford HM Lord Lieutenant of Devon (Eric Dancer, CBE, KStJ, JP)
2002 Plymouth Barrie Williams, Esq.
2001 Totnes His Grace the Duke of Somerset
2000 Exeter The Rt Revd Richard Hawkins (Bishop of Crediton)
1999 Great Torrington The Lady Margaret Fortescue
1998 Exmouth J. Bosanko, Esq., BA, FSA
1997 Crediton Sir Hugh Stucley, Bt
1996 Tavistock G. T. Boalch, BSc, PhD, CBiol, FIBiol, FLS
1995 Bideford The Rt Hon. the Lord Clinton
1994 Torquay R. C. Scrivener, Esq., BSc, PhD
1993 Sidmouth Sir Jack Boles, MBE, DL
1992 Okehampton Sir John Quicke, CBE, DL, Hon. DSc
1991 Dartmouth Miss M. E. Lorenz, BA
1990 Tiverton F. J. M. Laver, Esq., CBE, Hon. DSc
1989 Barnstaple Prof. Joyce A. Youings, BA, PhD, FRHistS
1988 Plymouth Lt-Col. the Rt Hon. the Earl of Morley, JP
1987 Exeter Brendan Moore, Esq., MD, BSc, FRCPath
1986 Buckfastleigh The Rt Rev. Leo Smith, PhD
1985 Ottery St Mary The Rev. Amos 5. Cresswell, MA
1984 Hatherleigh Dr Basil Greenhill, CB, CMG, PhD, FSA, FRHistS (afterwards Hon. DLitt)
1983 Teignmouth R. Crispin Gill, Esq., OBE, FRGS (afterwards Hon. MA, FSA)
1982 Moretonhampstead Ian Mercer, Esq., BA (afterwards Prof., CBE, Hon. LLD, DSc, FLI)
1981 Ilfracombe Prof. Frank Barlow, MA, DPhil, Hon. DLitt, FBA, FRSL (afterwards CBE)
1980 Exmouth Sir Eric Smith, CBE, FRS, ScD
1979 Salcombe G. M. Spooner, Esq., MBE, MA, FRES
1978 Tavistock Prof. W. G. Hoskins, CBE, FBA, MA, Hon. DLitt, FRIBA
1977 Ashburton Col. The Rt Hon. the Lord Clifford, OBE, DL
1976 Bideford Sir Denis Stucley. Bt, JP, DL
1975 Sidmouth Sir Charles Cave, Bt
1974 Tiverton Sir Richard Acland, Bt
1973 Plymouth The Rt Hon. the Lord Foot
1972 Dartmouth Hon. Margaret Lambert, CMG, PhD
1971 Barnstaple Prof. G. Wilson Knight, CBE, Dlit
1970 Honiton A. Stuart Hibberd, Esq., MBE, MA
1969 Dawlish Prof. J. Caldwell, DSC, PhD (afterwards OBE)
1968 Paignton A. P. G. Michelmore, Esq., MA (afterwards MBE)
1967 Great Torrington The Bishop of Crediton (The Rt Revd W. A. E. Westall)
1966 Okehampton H. G. Hurrell, Esq., JP, MA (afterwards MBE)
1965 Totnes Norman Capener, Esq., FRCS (afterwards CBE)
1964 Cullompton The Rt Hon. the Viscount Amory, GCMG
1963 Budleigh Dom. J. Stéphan, OSB, FRHistS, FAMS (afterwards FSA)
1962 Exeter The Lord Bishop of Exeter (the Rt Rev. R. C. Mortimer, DD)
1961 Ilfracombe J. W. (afterwards Sir James) Cook, Esq., DSC, ScD, PhD, FRIC, FRS
1960 South Molton The Rt Hon. the Earl of Halsbury, FRIC, FInstP
1959 Ashburton L. K. Elmhirst, Esq., MA, Hon. DrPolSci
1958 Kingsbridge Miss Mary Coate, MA, FSA, FRHistS
1957 Exeter The Revd S. C. Carpenter, DD
1956 Lynton The Rt Hon. the Earl Fortescue, KG, CB, OBE, MC
1955 Crediton Miss Ursula Radford, FSA
1954 Seaton St John Ervine, Esq.
1953 Plymouth F. S. (afterwards Sir Frederick) Russell, Esq., DSC, DFS, CBE, LLD, FRS
1952 Tiverton Mrs M. C. S. Cruwys, FSA
1951 Brixham Comdr (S.) A. W. B. Messenger, LRIBA, FSA, RN
1950 Sidmouth E. Emery Adams, Esq., DCM
1949 Tavistock B. W. Oliver, Esq., FRIBA
1948 Bideford The Rt Hon. L. S. Amery, PC, CH
1947 Chagford C. A. Ralegh Radford, Esq., MA, FRHistS, FSA (afterwards Hon. DLitt, FBA)
1946 Newton Abbot R. Waterfield, Esq., BA
1945 Exeter P. Morris, Esq., FRIBA, FSA
1944 Exeter The Ven. A. H. Thompson, MA
1943 Exeter Col. Ransom Pickard, CB, CMG, MD, FRCS
1942 No Meeting Mrs F. Rose—Troup, FRHistS
1941 Exeter Hugh Lloyd Parry, Esq., OBE, BA, BSc, LLB
1940 Exeter C. W Bracken, Esq., BA, FRES
1939 Honiton G. M. Doe, Esq., JP
1938 Barnstaple G. T. Harris, Esq.
1937 Tavistock Prof. W. J. Harte, MA
1936 Torquay The Rt Hon. the Lord Mamhead, DL, JP
1935 Sidmouth Prof. Sir John Satterly, ARCSc, MA, DSc, FRS (CAN)
1934 Plymouth Sir John C. Squire, MA, Hon. FRIBA
1933 Ilfracombe Prof. Sir Westcott Stile Abell, KBE, MEng, MINA, MICE
1932 Paignton J. J. Alexander, Esq., MA, FRHistS, JP
1931 Exeter The Lord Bishop of Plymouth (Dr J. H. B. Masterman)
1930 Princetown R. Hansford Worth, Esq., MICE, FCS, FRMS
1929 Dartmouth G. P. Bidder, Esq., ScD, FZS
1928 Lynton Lady Radford, FRHistS, JP
1927 Exmouth W. C. Dampier-Whetham, Esq., MA, FRS (afterwards Sir William C. Dampier, ScD, FRS)
1926 Bideford R. Pearse Chope, Esq., BA, JP
1925 Okehampton The Revd Prebendary (afterwards Treasurer) J. F. Chanter, MA, FSA
1924 Ashburton J. S. Amery, Esq., JP
1923 Salcombe A. E. H. Tutton, Esq., DSC, FRS
1922 Crediton The Rt Hon. Sir Henry Duke, KC (afterwards Lord Merrivale)
1921 Lyme Regis Sir Oswyn A. R. Murray, KCB (afterwards GCB)
1920 Totnes Edward Windeatt, Esq., JP
1919 Tiverton The Very Revd H. R. Gamble, DD (Dean of Exeter)
1918 Torquay H. R. Watkin, Esq.
1917 Barnstaple W P. Hiern, Esq.
1916 Plymouth E. J. Allen, Esq., DSC, FRS (afterwards CBE)
1915 Exeter A. W. Clayden, Esq., MA, FGS
1914 Tavistock Prof. A. M. Worthington, CB, FRS
1913 Buckfastleigh Ashley A. Froude, Esq., CMG, MA, JP
1912 Exeter The Rt Hon. the Viscount StCyres, MA, JP
1911 Dartmouth Robert Burnard, Esq., FSA, JP
1910 Cullompton John D. Enys, Esq., FGS, JP
1909 Launceston The Lord Bishop of Truro (Dr C. W. Stubbs)
1908 Newton Abbot The Rt Hon. the Lord Monkswell, DL, LLB, JP
1907 Axminster The Lord Bishop of Exeter (Dr A. Robertson)
1906 Lynton F. T. Elworthy, Esq., FSA
1905 Princetown Basil H. Thompson, Esq. (afterwards Sir Basil H. Thompson, KCB)
1904 Teignmouth Sir Alfred W. Croft, KCIE, MA
1903 Sidmouth Sir Edgar Vincent, KCMG, MP (afterwards Viscount D’Abernon, PC, GCB, GCMG)
1902 Bideford The Revd W. Harpley, MA, FCPS
1901 Exeter Sir Roger Lethbridge, KCIE, MA, DL, JP
1900 Totnes The Rt Hon. the Lord Clifford, MA, JP
1899 Torrington The Revd Canon W. J. Edmonds, BD
1898 Honiton The Rt Hon. the Lord Coleridge, MA, QC (afterwards Justice of the King’s Bench)
1897 Kingsbridge J. Hine, Esq., FRIBA
1896 Ashburton The Revd S. Baring—Gould, MA
1895 Okehampton The Rt Hon. the Lord Halsbury, DCL (afterwards Earl of Halsbury)
1894 South Molton Sir Frederick Pollock, Bt, MA
1893 Torquay T. N. Brushfield, Esq., MD (afterwards FSA)
1892 Plymouth A. H. A. Hamilton, Esq., MA, JP, CC
1891 Tiverton R. N. Worth, Esq., FGS
1890 Barnstaple The Rt Hon. the Lord Clinton, MA
1889 Tavistock H. W. Hudleston, Esq., MA, FGS, FLS, FCS, FRS
1888 Exeter The Very Revd B. Cowie, DD (Dean of Exeter)
1887 Plympton The Revd W. H. Dallinger, LLD, FLS, FRS
1886 St Marychurch Sir John B. Phear, MA, FGS, JP
1885 Seaton R. F. Weymouth, Esq., Dlit
1884 Newton Abbot The Revd T. R. R. Stebbing, MA (afterwards FLS, FRS)
1883 Exmouth The Very Revd C. Merrivale, DD, DCL
1882 Crediton J. Brooking Rowe, Esq., FSA, FLS
1881 Dawlish The Revd Prof. C. Chapman, LLD
1880 Totnes H. W. Dyke Acland, Esq., MD, LLD, FRGS, FRS (afterwards Sir Henry Acland, Bt, KCB)
1879 Ilfracombe The Rt Hon. Sir R. P. Collier, MA (afterwards Lord Monkswell)
1878 Paignton Sir Samuel White Baker, MA, FRGS, FRS
1877 Kingsbridge The Ven. H. Earle, MA (afterwards Bishop of Marlborough)
1876 Ashburton The Revd Treasurer J. M. Hawker, MA
1875 Torrington R. J. King, MA
1874 Teignmouth The Rt Hon. the Earl of Devon
1873 Sidmouth The Rt Hon. S. Cave, MA, MP (afterwards Sir Stephen Cave)
1872 Exeter The Lord Bishop of Exeter (Dr F. Temple) (afterwards Archbishop of Canterbury)
1871 Bideford The Revd Canon C. Kingsley, MA, FIS, FGS
1870 Devonport J. A. Froude, Esq., MA
1869 Dartmouth G. P. Bidder, Esq.
1868 Honiton J. D. Coleridge, Esq., QC, MA, MP (afterwards the Rt Hon. Lord Coleridge, FRS, Lord Chief Justice)
1867 Barnstaple W. Pengelly, Esq., FGS, FRS
1866 Tavistock The Rt Hon. the Earl Russell, KG, KGC, FRS
1865 Tiverton C. G. D. Daubeny, Esq., MD, LLD, FRS
1864 Torquay E. Vivian, Esq., MA
1863 Plymouth C. Spence Bate, Esq., FLS, FRS
1862 Exeter Sir John Bowring, LLD, FRS