ACTS & STATUTES QUEEN ANNE: Acts and Statutes Made in a Parliament begun at Dublin the Twenty First Day of September, Anno Dom. 1703. In the Second Year of the Reign of our Most Gracious Sovereign Lady Queen Anne, before His Grace James Duke of Ormonde, Lord Lieutenant General and Governor of Ireland: and continued by several Adjournments and Prorogations to the twenty third of June, 1707.


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And continued under His Excellency Thomas Earl of Pembroke, Lord Lieutenant General and General Governor of Ireland, by Prorogation, until the sixth of May, 1708. And likewise continued under His Excellency Thomas Earl of Wharton, Lord Lieutenant General and General Governor of Ireland, by several Prorogations, until the Fifth of May, 1709. Being the Fourth Session of this present Parliament. Dublin: Printed by Andrew Crooke, Printer to the Queen’s Most Excellent Majesty, on the Blind-Key 1709. Imperial
octavo. pp. [4],24,81-89,[2],94-103,[2],110-111,[2],122-127,[2],132-16. Contemporary full panelled calf. Lacks title label on spine. Wear to extremities. A fine copy.
COPAC locates the National Trust Library copy only, with the word “Being” in uppercase and
“PARLIAMENT” is all caps. ESTC N30795.
A collection of thirteen Irish Acts of Parliament and a table from the 8th year of Anne’s reign: I. Act
for the better Securing to Her Majesty A Payment of such Duties as shall be Granted to Her Majesty,
this Session of Parliament. II. An Act for Granting to Her Majesty an Additional Duty on Beer, Ale,
Strong-Waters, Tobacco, Callicoes, Linnens, and other Goods and Merchandizes; and also a Duty on
Rock-Salt. III. An Act for Explaining and Amending an Act, Intituled, An Act to Prevent the further
Growth of Popery. IV. An Act to enable Posthumous Children to take Estates, as if Born in their
Fathers Life time. V. An Act to Prevent Delays of Proceeding at the Assizes and Sessions. VI. An Act
for the better Preventing Escapes out of the Prison of the Marshalsea of the Four-Courts. VIII. An Act
for the Encouraging the Discovery and Apprehending of House-Breakers. IX. An Act for Delivering
Declarations to Prisoners. Χ. An Act for Amending an Act, Intituled, An Act for the Publick Registring
of all Deeds, Conveyances and Wills, that shall be made of any Honers, Manors, Lands, Tenements or
Hereditaments. XI. An Act for the better Payment of Inland-Bills of Exchange, and for making
Promissory Notes more Obligatory. XII. An Act to Amend the Defects of such Acts as have been Made
relating to the Hempen and Flaxen Manufactures; and to Encourage the further Improvement thereof.
XIII. An Act for Dissolving the Union of the Parishes of Tynan and Derrynoose, and for Building
several Parish-Churches in more convenient Places in the Diocese of Armagh.
Anne (1665-1714) was Queen of England, Scotland, and Ireland between 1702 and 1707. On 1 May
1707, under the Acts of Union, the kingdoms of England and Scotland united as a single sovereign
state known as Great Britain. She continued to reign as Queen of Great Britain and Ireland until her
death in 1714.
Anne was born in the reign of Charles II to his younger brother and heir presumptive, James, whose
suspected Roman Catholicism was unpopular in England. On Charles’s instructions, Anne and her
elder sister, Mary, were raised as Anglicans. Mary married their Dutch Protestant cousin, William III of
Orange, in 1677, and Anne married Prince George of Denmark in 1683. On Charles’s death in 1685,
James succeeded to the throne, but just three years later he was deposed in the Glorious Revolution of
1688. Mary and William became joint monarchs. Although the sisters had been close, disagreements
over Anne’s finances, status, and choice of acquaintances arose shortly after Mary’s accession and they
became estranged. William and Mary had no children. After Mary’s death in 1694, William reigned
alone until his own death in 1702, when Anne succeeded him.
During her reign, Anne favoured moderate Tory politicians, who were more likely to share her
Anglican religious views than their opponents, the Whigs. The Whigs grew more powerful during the
course of the War of the Spanish Succession, until 1710 when Anne dismissed many of them from
office. Her close friendship with Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, turned sour as the result of
political differences. The Duchess took revenge with an unflattering description of the Queen in her
memoirs, which was widely accepted by historians until Anne was re-assessed in the late 20th century.
Anne was plagued by ill health throughout her life, and from her thirties she grew increasingly ill and
obese. Despite seventeen pregnancies, she died without surviving issue and was the last monarch of the
House of Stuart. Under the Act of Settlement 1701, which excluded all Catholics, she was succeeded
by her second cousin George I of the House of Hanover.


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