E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Anabaptists near Brent, in Devonshire. They had no ecclesiastical order or authority, but lived in holes, like swine; had all things in common; and multiplied without marriage. Their language was vulgar Devonian They lived by pilfering sheep; were fleet as horses; held together like bees; and revenged every wrong. One of the society was always elected chief, and called King of the Gubbings. (Fuller.)
N.B. Their name is from gubbings, the offal of fish (Devonshire).