The Fourth Year of Anne. - Chap. II.
An Act to explain and amend an Act, intituled, An Act for registering the popish
Whereas two acts lately made for banishing all regulars of the popish clergy out of this kingdom , and to prevent popish priests from coming into the same, as also one other act, intituled, An act for registering the popish clergy, may be wholly eluded, and by means thereof future rebellions may be encouraged and promoted, by the great numbers of popish priests, that already have been, or hereafter may be, ordained in this kingdom by the authority of the church of Rome, in regard the aforesaid acts do not extend to such persons, as have been or may be ordained popish priests since the expiration of the time appointed by the said act for registering the popish clergy as aforesaid: for remedy whereof, be it enacted by the Queen’s most excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the lords spiritual and temporal and commons in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, That if any popish priest or priests, or person whatsoever exercising the office or function of a popish priest, shall after the fourth and twentieth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and five be found in this kingdom, other than such priests who have actually registered their names in pursuance of the aforesaid act, made for registering the popish clergy as aforesaid, shall be, and are hereby declared to be, liable to such penalties, forfeitures, and punishments, as by the aforesaid act, made for banishing all papists exercising any ecclesiastical jurisdiction and all regulars of the popish clergy out of this kingdom, are imposed on popish archbishops, bishops, vicars general, deans, jesuits, fryars, or any other papists exercising any ecclesiastical jurisdiction, who shall come into this kingdom contrary to the said act.
II. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That any person or persons, who shall after the said four and twentieth day of June knowingly harbour, relieve, conceal, or entertain any such clergyman of the popish religion, or other person or persons exercising the office or function of a popish priest as aforesaid, and not registered as aforesaid, shall be liable to such penalties and forfeitures, as by the said acts are imposed on the harbourers, relievers, and concealers of any popish archbishop, bishop, vicar general, dean, jesuit, fryer, or
regular popish clergyman, to be levied on them, and every of them, in the same manner as by the said act is directed: and all justices of the peace, sheriffs, high and petty constables, and all other her Majesty’s loving subjects, are hereby required to use their utmost diligence in apprehending all such popish priests, and other person or persons exercising the office or function of a popish priest as aforesaid, and not registered as aforesaid.
IV. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That if any mayor, justice of the peace, or other officer, knowingly and voluntarily shall neglect his or their duty in execution of this act, every such mayor, justice of the peace, and other officer shall for every such neglect forfeit the sum of fifty pounds; to be recovered by action of debt, bill, plaint, or information, wherein no protection, essoin, or wager of law, shall be allowed, nor more than one imparlance; one moiety thereof to the Queen’s Majesty, her heirs and successors, and the other moiety to the informer, or person that shall sue for the same: this act to continue in force to the one and twentieth day of September which shall be in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eight, and to the end of the then next sessions of Parliament, and no longer.
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