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[67] required of every member the new oaths of allegiance
chap. IV.} 1763.
and supremacy and the declaration against transubstantiation.1 But not only were Roman Catholics exeluded from seats in both branches of the legislature; a series of enactments, the fruit of relentless perseverance, gradually excluded ‘papists’ from having any votes in the election of members to serve in parliament.2

The Catholic Irish, being disfranchised, one enactment pursued them after another till they suffered under a universal, unmitigated, indispensable, exceptionless disqualification.3 In the courts of law, they could not gain a place on the bench, nor act as a barrister, or attorney, or solicitor,4 nor be employed even as a hired clerk, nor sit on a grand jury, nor serve as a sheriff or a justice of the peace, nor hold even the lowest civil office of trust and profit, nor have any privilege in a town corporate, nor be a freeman of such corporation, nor vote at a vestry. If papists would trade and work, they must do it even in their native towns as aliens. They were expressly forbidden to take more than two apprentices in whatever employment, except in the linen manufacture only. A Catholic might not marry a Protestant5—the priest who should celebrate such a marriage was to be hanged;6 nor be a guardian to any child, nor educate his own child, if the mother declared herself a Protestant;

1 3 William and Mary, c. II. act for the abrogating the oath of supremacy in Ireland, and appointing other oaths. Plowden's Historical Review, i. 197.

2 7 and 9 William III. ‘It was resolved, nemine contradicente, that the excluding of papists from having votes for the electing of memAn bers to serve in parliament, was necessary to be made into a law.’ This was accomplished by the statutes of 1703, 1715, 1727.

3 Edmund Burke.

4 9 William III. c. XIII.

5 7 and 9 William III. and 2 Anne.

6 12 Geo. I.

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