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).
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894