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Social Laws

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These Acts of Parliament relate to society as a whole, and to the state's relationship to those it governs. Ranging from poor laws to criminal codes, and from entailed estates to non-conformist religions, social laws affect all aspects of life and of society.

To ease your search for specific topics, keywords in each act are highlighted in red. By simply scanning through the chronological list, you should easily be able to narrow in on desired items. Through the reign of George II, acts are listed by the year in which the Parliamentary session ends; from George III on they are by date of passage.

Local and Personal Acts, and Private Acts are identified by "Cap." numbers in green.

Some subjects, though, attracted such extensive legislation that the numerous acts relating to them can be found on seperate pages. Select from the links below for laws concerning:

Red dotCrime and Criminality
Red dotPapists and Non-Conformists

For other related material contained within legislation filed elsewhere, see also:

Red dotAdministrative Laws
Red dotChurch Laws
Red dotColonial and International Laws (Slaves and Slavery)
Red dotFinancial Laws

The Acts are listed according to the reigns of the British Kings and Queens.
Select from below to view a particular era.

Charles II
James II
William & Mary
George I
George II
George III
George IV
William IV

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(Commonwealth and Protectorate)


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* Dated from the death of Charles I

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(Later William III)

1692 1694-95 1698-99

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1702 1703

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1723 1726

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1727 1728 1729 1730 1731 1732 1733 1734 1735 1744 1745 1748 1754 1757 1758 1759

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1761 1762 1765 1770 1772 20th February 1800 16th May 1800 20th June 1800 28 July 1800 20th June 1809 23d March 1815 21st May 1816

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21st March 1822 24th June 1822 17th June 1824 19th June 1828 19th June 1829

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11th April 1838 11th June 1838 4th August 1838 10th August 1838 14th August 1838 28th July 1843 30th June 1845 31st July 1845 4th August 1845 8th August 1845 3d July 1846 3d August 1846 26th August 1846 8th June 1847 28th July 1849 11th April 1851 20th May 1851 24th July 1851 1st August 1851 7th August 1851 8th August 1851 30th June 1852 20th August 1853 16th June 1854 24th July 1854 31st July 1854 7th August 1854 10th August 1854 11th August 1854 26th April 1855 23d July 1855 30th June 1856 7th July 1856 19th April 1859 13th August 1859 6th August 1860 17th May 1861 11th July 1861 1st August 1861 6th August 1861 11th April 1862 29th April 1862 25th July 1864 29th July 1864 15th August 1867 20th August 1867 23d May 1879 3rd July 1884

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