Around this time almost every able-bodied man was part of a regiment - there were about 40 in Devon at that time.
As regards your Rowland, you have opened a can of worms! Briefly he was born Rawlings/Rollings Edward CROUCH. Married famous singer Anna Maria PHILLIPS (qv "Anna Maria Crouch"). They separated, he adopted the surname CALVERT, remarried bigamously, came to Devon.
Devon Heritage Centre in Exeter has some correspondence about his endeavours with militias.
(not Gen Calvert). (Staplake Cottage is in Starcross.)
His will is copied in Cornwall OPC website.
Hope I haven't spoilt your weekend!
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