IRISH PENAL LAW - STATUTES BY SUBJECT - OATHS


English Statute 1 Eliz c.1 (1558):

 

OATH OF SUPREMACY
I, A. B., do utterly testify and declare in my conscience, that the Queen’s highness is the only supreme governor of this realm, and of all other her Highness dominions and countries, as well in all spiritual or ecclesiastical things or causes, as temporal, and that no foreign prince, person, prelate, state or potentate, hath, or ought to have any jurisdiction, power, superiority, preheminence, or authority ecclesiastical or spiritual, within this realm; and therefore I do utterly renounce and forsake all foreign jurisdictions, powers, superiorities, and authorities, and do promise that from henceforth I shall bear faith and true allegiance to the Queen’s Highness, her heirs and lawful successors, and to my power shall assist and defend all jurisdictions, preheminences, privileges and authorities granted or belonging to the Queen’s Highness, her heirs and successors, or united and annexed to the imperial crown of this realm. So help me God, and by the contents of this book.’

 


English Statute 3 Will & Mary c.2 (1691):
An Act for the Abrogating the Oath of Supremacy in Ireland and Appointing other Oaths

Sec.1-3 . No person residing in Ireland shall be obliged to take the oath of supremacy of 1 Eliz. Ch 1, but the oaths appointed to be taken by this present act shall be taken by those persons who were required by the said act, or any other statute made in Ireland, to take the abrogated oath. That is to say: all bishops and archbishops of Ireland, all persons above the degree of baron, all persons in Ireland having any employment or office ecclesiastical, civil or military, the head and fellows of the University of Dublin, master of any hospital or school, barrister, clerk in chancery, attorney, and professor of Law, Physick or other science. All prior acts, to the extent that they required the oath of supremacy, are repealed..


English Statute 3 Will & Mary, c.2 (1691)
An Act for the Abrogating the Oath of Supremacy in Ireland and Appointing other Oaths

 

DECLARATION AGAINST TRANSUBSTANTIATION
Sec. 5 cont.
I, A.B., do solemnly and sincerely, in the presence of God, profess, testify, and declare, that I do believe that in the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper there is not any transubstantiation of the elements of bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ at or after the consecration thereof by any person whatsoever, and that the invocation or adoration of the virgin Mary or any other saint, and the sacrifice of the mass, as they are now used in the church of Rome, are superstitious and idolatrous.
And I do solemnly in the presence of God, profess, testify, and declare, that I do make this declaration, and every part thereof, in the plain and ordinary sense of the words read unto me, as they are commonly understood by English Protestants, without any evasion, equivocation, or mental reservation whatsoever, and without any dispensation already granted me for this purpose by the pope, or any other authority or person whatsoever, or without any hope of any such dispensation from any person or authority whatsoever, or without thinking that I am or can be acquitted before God or man, or absolved of this declaration, or any part thereof, although the pope or any other person or persons or power whatsoever, should dispense with or annul the same, or declare that it was null and void from the beginning.

 


English Statute 3 Will & Mary, c.2 1691)
An Act for the Abrogating the Oath of Supremacy in Ireland and Appointing other Oaths

Sec. 8. The oaths to be taken are:

 

OATH OF ALLEGIANCE
I, A.B. do sincerely promise and swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to their Majesties King William and Queen Mary, So help me God.

 

OATH OF ABHORRENCE
I, A.B., do swear, that I do from my heart abhor, detest, and abjure as impious and heretical, that damnable doctrine and position, that princes excommunicated or deprived by the pope or any authority of the See of Rome, may be deposed or murdered by their subjects, or any other person whatsoever, and I do declare, that no foreign prince, prelate, state, or potentate, hath or ought to have any jurisdiction, power, superiority, pre-eminence, or authority, ecclesiastical or spiritual, within this realm.

 


English Statute 3 Will & Mary, c.2 (1691)
An Act for the Abrogating the Oath of Supremacy in Ireland and Appointing other Oaths

Sec. 14. It shall be lawful for 2 justices of the peace (one of the quorum) to direct their warrant to any constable to summon any person of the age of 18 years or upwards, to appear before such justices to take the oath before mentioned to be faithful to their Majesties. A person not appearing, or refusing to take the oath shall be committed to gaol for 3 months, or pay a fine not exceeding 40 shillings. After 3 months, the offender may be summoned to take the oath again, on pain of 6 months imprisonment in the common gaol, unless he shall pay a sum, not exceeding 10 pounds, nor under 5 pounds, and unless such offender shall become bound with 2 sureties, with condition to appear at the next assizes or gaol delivery, and in the mean time to be of good behaviour. At which assizes or gaol-delivery, the oath shall be tendered, and if he refuse to take the oath, he shall incur the penalty of praemunire, except women covert, who shall be committed to the common gaol until they take the oath


2 Ann c.6 (1703):
An Act to prevent the further Growth of Popery
Sec. 15. Cont.

 

OATH OF ABJURATION
I, A.B., do truly and sincerely acknowledge, profess, testify and declare in my conscience, before God and the world, that our sovereign lady Queen Anne is lawful and rightful queen of this realm, and of all other her Majesty’s dominions and countries thereunto belonging. And I do solemnly and sincerely declare, that I do believe in my conscience, that the person pretending to be Prince of Wales, during the life of the late King James, and since his decease pretending to be and taking upon himself the style and title of King of England by the name of James III, hath not any right or title whatsoever to the crown of this realm, or any other the dominions thereto belonging, and Ido renounce, refuse, and abjure any allegiance or obedience to him. And I do swear that I will bear faith and true allegiance to her majesty Queen Anne, and her will defend to the utmost of my power against all traitorous conspiracies and attempts whatsoever, which shall be made against her person, crown, or dignity. And I will do my best endeavour to disclose and make known to her majesty, and her successors, all treasons and traitorous conspiracies, which I shall know to be against her and any of them. And I do faithfully promise to the utmost of my power to support, maintain, and defend the limitation and succession of the crown against him the said James, and all other persons whatsoever, as the same is and stands limited by [those acts settling the protestant succession of the crown]. And all these things I do plainly and sincerely acknowledge and swear, according to the express words by me spoken, and according to the plain and common sense and understanding of the same words, without any equivocation, mental evasion or secret reservation whatsoever. And I do make this recognition, acknowledgement, abjuration, renunciation and promise, heartily, willingly, and truly, upon the true faith of a Christian. So help me God.

 


British Statute 1 Geo I c.13 (1714):
An Act for the further Security of his Majesty’s Person and Government…

Secs. 1 and 33. Amends the oaths to refer to King George rather than Queen Anne, and applies it to Ireland.

 

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