Historical Papers

Historical papers

In 1692, the Protestant-based Irish parliament was called. Over the years, ruthless acts were passed: Catholics were not allowed to join the army; it was illegal for them to keep schools, become teachers, or tutors; they were barred from obtaining degrees; they were forbidden to own land over 2 acres; and they were forbidden (when fashionable) to wear swords, own a sporting gun, or a horse worth more than £5. This 18th century manuscript, catalogued as 'English' but dealing with Irish matters, illustrates well the draconian approaches of the day and highlights from where revenue was extracted, including 'books and ale'.

English [Irish] Historical Papers. [18th century]. Shoults Ms. 36

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