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A transcript of the 1695 Act for Granting to His Majesty certain Rates and Duties upon Marriages, Births and Burials, and upon Batchelors and Widowers, for the Term of Five Years, for Carrying on the War against France with Vigour.

 

Anno Sexto & Septimo
Gulielmi III.
Regis.
An Act for Granting to His Majesty certain Rates and Duties upon Marriages, Births and Burials, and upon Batchelors and Widowers, for the Term of Five Years, for Carrying on the War against France with Vigour.

We Your Majesties most Dutiful and Loyal Subjects, the Commons in Parliament Assembled, from a deep Sence of the many great Decaūons, which Engage Your  Majesty in many Extraordinary Expences for the Neceūary Defence of Your Realms, and the Prosecution of the War against France with Vigour, have Cheerfully and unanimously Given and Granted unto Your Majesty, as an Additional Supply and Aid, the Rates, Duties, Impositions and Sums of Money herein after mentioned ; And we most humbly beseech Your Majesty that it may be Enacted.
And be it Enacted by the Kings most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons in this present Parliament Assembled, and by the Authority of the same, That from and after the first Day of May, in the Year of our Lord, One thousand Six hundred ninety and five, for and during the Term of Five Years, to Commence and be Accounted from the said first day of May and no longer, there shall be Raised, Levied and Paid to his Majesty, his heirs and Successors (over and above all other Duties whatsoever) for and upon the Burial of all Persons, who shall be Buried within the said Term of five Years, at any Place Within the Kingdom of England, Dominion of Wales and Town of Berwick upon Tweed, the several and respective Duties and Sums of Money herein after mentioned (that is to say ; ) For, and upon the Burial of every Person the Sum of four Shillings ; And for, and upon the Burial of every Person of the Degreé of a Duke of England, Scotland, or Ireland, the Sum of Fifty Pounds, over and above the said four Shillings ;  And for, and upon the Burial of every Duchess of any of the said Three Kingdoms, the like Sum of Fifty Pounds, over and above the said four Shillings ; And for, and upon the Burial of every Person of the Degreé of a Marquess or Marchioness, of any of the said Three Kingdoms, the Sum of Forty Pounds, over and above the said four Shillings ; And for, and upon the Burial of every Person of the Degreé of an Earl or Countess, of any of the said Three Kingdoms, the Sum of Thirty Pounds, over and above the said four Shillings ; And for, and upon the Burial of every Person of the Degreé of a Viscount or Viscountess, of any of the said Three Kingdoms, the Sum of five and twenty Pounds, over and above the said four Shillings ; And for, and upon the Burial of every Person of the Degreé of a Baron or Baroness, of any of the said Three Kingdoms, the Sum of Twenty Pounds, over and above the said four Shillings ; And for, and upon the Burial of every Eldest Son of a Duke, of any of the said Three Kingdoms, or of his Wife, the Sum of Thirty Pounds, over and above the said four Shillings ; And for, and upon the Burial of every Younger Son of a Duke, of any of the said Three Kingdoms, or of his Wife, the Sum of five and twenty Pounds, over and above the said four Shillings ; And for, and upon the Burial of every Eldest Son of a Marquess, of any of the said Three Kingdoms, or of his Wife, the Sum of Five and twenty Pounds, over and above the said four Shillings ; And for, and upon the Burial of every Younger Son of a Marquess, of any of the said Three Kingdoms, or of his Wife, the Sum of Twenty Pounds, over and above the said four Shillings ; And for, and upon the Burial of every Eldest Son of an Earl, of any of the said Three Kingdoms, or of his Wife, the Sum of Twenty Pounds, over and above the said four Shillings ; And for, and upon the Burial of every Younger Son of an Earl, of any of the said Three Kingdoms, or of his Wife, the Sum of Fifteen Pounds, over and above the said four Shillings ; And for, and upon the Burial of every Eldest Son of a Viscount, of any of the said Three Kingdoms, or of his Wife, the Sum of Seventeen Pounds and Ten Shillings, over and above the said four Shillings ; And for, and upon the Burial of every Younger Son of a Viscount, of any of the said Three Kingdoms, or of his Wife, the Sum of Thirteen Pounds and Six Shillings and Eight pence, over and above the said four Shillings ; And for, and upon the Burial of every Eldest Son of a Baron, of any of the said Three Kingdoms, or of his Wife, the Sum of Fifteen Pounds and Ten Shillings, over and above the said four Shillings ; And for, and upon the Burial of every Younger Son of a Baron, of any of the said Three Kingdoms, or of his Wife, the Sum of Twelve Pounds, over and above the said four Shillings ;  And for, and upon the Burial of every Unmarried Daughter of a Duke, of any of the said Three Kingdoms, the Sum of Five and Twenty Pounds, over and above the said four Shillings ;  And for, and upon the Burial of every Unmarried Daughter of a Marquess, of any of the said Three Kingdoms, the Sum of Twenty Pounds, over and above the said four Shillings ;  And for, and upon the Burial of every Unmarried Daughter of an Earl, of any of the said Three Kingdoms, the Sum of Fifteen Pounds, over and above the said four Shillings ;  And for, and upon the Burial of every Unmarried Daughter of a Viscount, of any of the said Three Kingdoms, the Sum of Thirteen Pounds Six Shillings and Eight pence, over and above the said four Shillings ;  And for, and upon the Burial of every Unmarried Daughter of a Baron, of any of the said Three Kingdoms, the Sum of Twelve Pounds, over and above the said four Shillings ;  And for, and upon the Burial of every Widow of a Duke, of any of the said Three Kingdoms, the Sum of Fifty Pounds, over and above the said four Shillings ;  And for, and upon the Burial of every Widow of a Marquess, of any of the said Three Kingdoms, the Sum of Forty Pounds, over and above the said four Shillings ;  And for, and upon the Burial of every Widow of an Earl, of any of the said Three Kingdoms, the Sum of Thirty Pounds, over and above the said four Shillings ;  And for, and upon the Burial of every Widow of a Viscount, of any of the said Three Kingdoms, the Sum of Five and Twenty Pounds, over and above the said four Shillings ;  And for, and upon the Burial of every Widow of a Baron, of any of the said Three Kingdoms, the Sum of Twenty Pounds, over and above the said four Shillings ;  And for, and upon the Burial of every Person of the Degreé of a Baronet, of any of the said Three Kingdoms or of Nova Scotia, or his Wife the Sum of Fifteen Pounds, over and above the said four Shillings ;  And for, and upon the Burial of every Person that is a Knight of the Order of the Bath, or his Wife the Sum of Fifteen Pounds, over and above the said four Shillings ;  And for, and upon the Burial of every Person who is a Knight Batchelor, or his Wife the Sum of Ten Pounds, over and above the said four Shillings ;  And for, and upon the Burial of every Serjeant at Law, being the Kings Serjeant, the Sum of Twenty Pounds, over and above the said four Shillings ;  And for, and upon the Burial of the Wife of every Kings Serjeant, the Sum of Ten Pounds, over and above the said four Shillings ;  And for, and upon the Burial of every other Serjeant at Law, the Sum of Fifteen Pounds, over and above the said four Shillings ;  And for, and upon the Burial of every such other Serjeants Wife, the Sum of  Seven Pounds and ten Shillings, over and above the said four Shillings ;  And for, and upon the Burial of every Person of the Degreé of an Esquire, or so reputed, or Owning or Writing himself such, or his wife, the Sum of Five Pounds, over and above the said four Shillings ;  And for, and upon the Burial of every Gentleman, or Reputed Gentleman, or Owning or Writing himself such, or his Wife, the Sum of Twenty Shillings, over and above the said four Shillings ;  And for, and upon the Burial of every Younger Child of Baronets, Knights of the Bath, Knights Batchelors, Serjeants at Law, Esquires or Gentlemen, or Reputed Esquires or Gentlemen, or owing or Writing themselves such, and their Wives, the Sum of Twenty Shillings, over and above the said four Shillings ; And for, and upon the Burial of every Widow of a Baronet, the Sum of Fifteen Pounds, over and above the said four Shillings ;  And for, and upon the Burial of every Widow of every Knight of the Bath, the Sum of Fifteen Pounds, over and above the said four Shillings ;  And for, and upon the Burial of every Widow of a Knight Batchelor, the Sum of Ten Pounds, over and above the said four Shillings ;  And for, and upon the Burial of the Widow of every Serjeant at Law, being the Kings Serjeant, the Sum of Ten Pounds, over and above the said four Shillings ;   And for, and upon the Burial of the Widow of every other Serjeant at Law,  the Sum of Seven Pounds and Ten Shillings, over and above the said four Shillings ;  And for, and upon the Burial of every Widow of an Esquire, or reputed Esquire, or so owning or Writing himself such, the Sum of Five Pounds, over and above the said four Shillings ;  And for, and upon the Burial of every Widow of every Gentleman or reputed Gentleman or so owning or Writing himself as such, the Sum of Twenty Shillings, over and above the said four Shillings ; And for, and upon the Burial of every Person of the Order and Degreé of an Arch-Bishop, the Sum of Fifty Pounds, over and above the said four Shillings ;  And for, and upon the Burial of every Arch-Bishops Wife or Widow, the Sum of Ten Pounds, over and above the said four Shillings ;  And for, and upon the Burial of every Person of the Order and Degreé of a Bishop, the Sum of Twenty Pounds, over and above the said four Shillings ;  And for, and upon the Burial of every Wife or Widow of every Bishop, the Sum of Five Pounds, over and above the said four Shillings ;  And for, and upon the Burial of every Person of the Degreé of Dean of any Cathedral or Collegiate Church, the Sum of Ten Pounds, over and above the said four Shillings ;  And for, and upon the Burial of every Wife or Widow of every Dean, the Sum of Two Pounds Ten Shillings, over and above the said four Shillings ;  And for, and upon the Burial of every Person of the Degreé of Arch Deacon, the Sum of Two Pounds Ten Shillings, over and above the said four Shillings ;  And for, and upon the Burial of every Wife or Widow of every Arch Deacon, the Sum of Twenty Shillings, over and above the said four Shillings ;  And for, and upon the Burial of every Person of the Degreé of a Canon or Prebendary of any Cathedral or Collegiate Church, the Sum of Two Pounds Ten Shillings, over and above the said four Shillings ;  And for, and upon the Burial of every Wife or Widow of every Canon or Prebendary, the Sum of Twenty Shillings, over and above the said four Shillings ;  And for, and upon the Burial of every Person of the Degreé of a Doctor of Divinity, Law, or Physick, the Sum of Five Pounds, over and above the said four Shillings ;  And for, and upon the Burial of every Wife or Widow of every such Doctor of Divinity, Law, or Physick, the Sum of Twenty Shillings, over and above the said four Shillings ;  And for, and upon the Burial of every Son or Daughter of an Arch-Bishop, Dean, Arch-Deacon, Canon, Prebendary, Doctor of Divinity, Law, or Physick, the Sum of Twenty Shillings, over and above the said four Shillings ; And for, and upon the Burial of every Person having a Real Estate of the Value of Fifty Pounds per Annum or upwards, or a personal Estate of the Value of Six Hundred Pounds or upwards, and not otherwise hereby Charged under any of the Ranks, Orders, Qualifications or Degreés herein before mentioned, the Sum of Twenty Shillings, over and above the said four Shillings ; And for, and upon the Burial of the Wife or Widow, Child or Children of every such Person having such Real or Personal Estate, as aforesaid, the Sum of Ten Shillings, over and above the said four Shillings.
And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That the several and respective Duties and Sums of Money granted, as aforesaid, upon the Burials of the several Persons before mentioned, as the same shall severally become Due and Payable, shall be Answered and Paid to his Majesty, his Heirs and Successors for the aforesaid Term of five Years, by the respective Heirs, Executors, or Administrators of every such Person so Buried, as aforesaid, before any other Debts or Duties Whatsoever ; And in Default of Payment thereof to the Collectors of the said Duty upon Demand, the same shall be Charged upon, and Levied by Distress upon the Lands, Tenements and Hereditaments, or the Goods and Chattels of the Persons so Buried, in such manner as herein after is Directed ;  And the respective Duties hereby Charged upon the Burial of any Person, Who shall at the time of his or her Death, be under the Age of One and twenty Years, shall be answered and paid by the Father of such Person (if Living at the time of the Death of such Person under Age) and if the Father be then Dead, by the Mother if she be then Living, , or otherwise, by the Guardian, Trusteé, Executor or Administrator of such Person ; And the Duty Charged upon the Burial of any Wife, shall be paid by the Husband of such Wife.
And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That from and after the said first Day of May, for, and during the Term of five Years and no longer, there shall be Raised, Levied and Paid to His Majesty, his Heirs and Successors, for, and upon the Birth of every Person (except as herein after is excepted) Who shall be born Within the Said Term of five Years, at any place Within the Kingdom of England, Dominion of Wales, or Town of Berwick upon Tweed, the several and respective Duties and Sums of Money herein after mentioned (that is to say;)
For, and upon the Birth of every Person and Child (except the Child or Children of such as Receive Alms) the Sum of Two Shillings ;  And for, and upon the Birth of every Eldest Son of every Person of the Degreé of a Duke, of England, Scotland or Ireland, or of his Wife by any other Husband after his Death, the Sum of Thirty Pounds, over and above the said Two Shillings ; And for, and upon the Birth of every other Son or Daughter of such Duke, or of his Wife by any other Husband after his Death, the Sum of Five and twenty Pounds, over and above the said Two Shillings ; And for, and upon the Birth of every Eldest Son of every Person of the Degreé of a  Marquess, of any of the said Three Kingdoms, or of his Wife by any other Husband after his Death, the Sum of Five and twenty Pounds, over and above the said Two Shillings ; And for, and upon the Birth of every other Son or Daughter of such Marquess, or of his Wife by any other Husband after his Death,the Sum of Twenty Pounds, over and above the said Two Shillings ; And for, and upon the Birth of every Eldest Son of every Person of the Degreé of every Person of the Degreé of an Earl, of any of the said Three Kingdoms, or of his Wife by any other Husband after his Death, the Sum of Twenty Pounds, over and above the said Two Shillings ;  And for, and upon the Birth of every other Son or Daughter of such Earl, or of his Wife by any other Husband after his Death, the Sum of Fifteen Pounds, over and above the said Two Shillings ; And for, and upon the Birth of every Eldest Son of every Person of the Degreé of a Viscount, of any of the said Threé

Kingdoms, or of his Wife by any other Husband after his Death, the Sum of Seventeen Pounds and Ten Shillings, over and above the said Two Shillings ; And for, and upon the Birth of every other Son or Daughter of such a Viscount, or of his Wife by any other Husband after his Death, the Sum of Thirteén Pounds and Six Shillings and Eight pence, over and above the said Two Shillings ; And for, and upon the Birth of every Eldest Son of every Person of the Degreé of a Baron, of any of the said Three Kingdoms, or of his Wife by any other Husband after his Death, the Sum of Fifteen Pounds, over and above the said Two Shillings ; And for, and upon the Birth of every other Son or Daughter of such a Baron, or of his Wife by any other Husband after his Death, the Sum of Twelve Pounds, over and above the said Two Shillings ;  And for, and upon the Birth of every Eldest Son of every Person of the Degreé of a Baronet, Knight of the Order of the Bath, Knight Batchelor, the Sum of Five Pounds, over and above the said Two Shillings ;  And for, and upon the Birth of every Eldest Son of a Serjeant at Law, Esquire or Gentleman, the Sum of Twenty Shillings, over and above the said Two Shillings ;  And for, and upon the Birth of every Younger Son or Daughter of Baronets, Knights of the Bath, Knights Batchelors, Serjeants at Law, Esquires or Gentlemen, or so reputed, or Owning or Writing themselves as such, or his wife, the Sum of Twenty Shillings Pounds, over and above the said Two Shillings ;  And for, and upon the Birth of every Son or Daughter of an Arch-Bishop, Bishop, Dean, Arch-Deacon, Canon, Prebendary, Doctor of Divinity, Law or Physick, the Sum of Twenty Shillings, over and above the said Two Shillings ;  And for, and upon the Birth of every Son or Daughter of every Person having a Real Estate of the Value of Fifty Pounds per Annum or upwards, or a personal Estate of the Value of Six Hundred Pounds or upwards, and not otherwise hereby Charged under any of the Ranks, Orders, Qualifications or Degreés herein before mentioned, the Sum of Ten Shillings, over and above the said Two Shillings ;

And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That the said several and respective Sums of Money, so Imposed, as aforesaid, for, and upon the Birth or Births of any Child or Children within the Kingdom, or the Dominion, or Town aforesaid, shall be Charged upon, and Answered and Paid to His Majesty, His Heirs and Successors for the aforesaid Term of Five Years, by the Father, if Living at the time of Birth of any such Child or Children, and if he shall be Dead at the time of such Birth, by the Mother of such Child or Children so born ; And in Case of the Death of such Father and Mother at the time of the Birth, by such Person or Persons Who shall take upon him, her or them, the Guardianship or care of such Child or Children so born, to be Reimbursed again in the first Place, out of the Real or Personal Estate of such Child or Children so born, (if any) to be Levied in such manner as in herein after Directed.
And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That from and after the said First Day of May, for and during the said Term of Five Years there shall be Raised, Levied and paid to His Majesty, His Heirs and Successors, for, and upon every Marriage of any Persons ( except as herein after is excepted ) Who shall be Married Within the said Term of Five Years, and no longer, at any Place within the Kingdom of England, Dominion of Wales, and Town of Berwick upon Tweed, the several and respective Duties and Sums of Money herein after mentioned ( that is to say ; )
For, and upon the respective Marriage of every Person (except such as Receive Alms) the Sum of Two Shillings and Six Pence ;  And for, and upon the Marriage of every Person of the Degreé of a Duke, of England, Scotland or Ireland, the Sum of Fifty Pounds, over and above the said Two Shillings and Six Pence ; And for, and upon the Marriage of every Person of the Degreé of a Marquess, of any of the said Threé Kingdoms, the Sum of Forty Pounds, over and above the said Two Shillings and Six Pence ; And for, and upon the Marriage of every Person of the Degreé of an Earl, of any of the said Threé Kingdoms, the Sum of Thirty Pounds, over and above the said Two Shillings and Six Pence ; And for, and upon the Marriage of every Person of the Degreé of a Viscount, of any of the said Three Kingdoms, the Sum of Five and Twenty Pounds, over and above the said Two Shillings and Six Pence ; And for, and upon the Marriage of every Person of the Degreé of a Baron, of any of the said Three Kingdoms, the Sum of Twenty Pounds, over and above the said Two Shillings and Six Pence ; And for, and upon the Marriage of every Eldest Son  of a Duke, of any of the said Three Kingdoms, the Sum of Thirty Pounds, over and above the said Two Shillings and Six Pence ; And for, and upon the Marriage of every Younger Son  of such Duke, the Sum of Five and Twenty Pounds, over and above the said Two Shillings and Six Pence ;  And for, and upon the Marriage of every Eldest Son of a Marquess, of any of the said Three Kingdoms, the Sum of Five and Twenty Pounds, over and above the said Two Shillings and Six Pence ;  And for, and upon the Marriage of every Younger Son of such Marquess, the Sum of Twenty Pounds, over and above the said Two Shillings and Six Pence ; And for, and upon the Marriage of every Eldest Son of an Earl, of any of the said Three Kingdoms, the Sum of Twenty Pounds, over and above the said Two Shillings and Six Pence ;  And for, and upon the Marriage of every Younger Son of such Earl, the Sum of Fifteen Pounds, over and above the said Two Shillings and Six Pence ; And for, and upon the Marriage of every Eldest Son of a Viscount, of any of the said Threé Kingdoms, the Sum of Seventeen Pounds and Ten Shillings, over and above the said Two Shillings and Six Pence ;  And for, and upon the Marriage of every Younger Son of such Viscount, the Sum of Thirteen Pounds Six Shillings and Eight Pence, over and above the said Two Shillings and Six Pence ; And for, and upon the Marriage of every Eldest Son of a Baron, of any of the said Threé Kingdoms, the Sum of Fifteen Pounds, over and above the said Two Shillings and Six Pence ;  And for, and upon the Marriage of every Younger Son of such Baron, the Sum of Twelve Pounds, over and above the said Two Shillings and Six Pence ; And for, and upon the Marriage of every Eldest Son of a every Person of the Degree of a Baronet of any of the said Threé Kingdoms or of Nova Scotia, the Sum of Fifteen Pounds, over and above the said Two Shillings and Six Pence ;  And for, and upon the Marriage of every Person that is a Knight of the Order of the Bath, the Sum of Fifteen Pounds, over and above the said Two Shillings and Six Pence ; And for, and upon the Marriage of every Person that is a Knight Batchelor, the Sum of Ten Pounds, over and above the said Two Shillings and Six Pence ; And for, and upon the Marriage of every Serjeant at Law, being the Kings Serjeant, the Sum of Twenty Pounds, over and above the said Two Shillings and Six Pence ; And for, and upon the Marriage of every other Serjeant at Law, the Sum of Fifteen Pounds, over and above the said Two Shillings and Six Pence ; And for, and upon the Marriage of every Esquire, or Reputed Esquire, or owning or writing himself to be such, the Sum of Five Pounds, over and above the said Two Shillings and Six Pence ; And for, and upon the Marriage of every Gentleman, or Reputed Gentleman, or owning or writing himself to be such, the Sum of Twenty Shillings, over and above the said Two Shillings and Six Pence ; And for, and upon the Marriage of every Younger Son of a Baronet, Knight of the Bath, Knight Batchelors, Serjeant at Law, Esquire or Gentleman, or Reputed Esquire or Gentleman, or Writing or owning themselves as such, the Sum of Twenty Shillings, over and above the said Two Shillings and Six Pence ;  And for, and upon the Marriage of every Person of the Degreé of an Arch-Bishop, the Sum of Fifty Pounds, over and above the said Two Shillings and Six Pence ; And for, and upon the Marriage of every Person of the Degree of a Bishop, the Sum of Twenty Pounds, over and above the said Two Shillings and Six Pence ; And for, and upon the Marriage of every Person of the Degree of a Dean of any Cathederal or Collegiate Church, the Sum of Ten Pounds, over and above the said Two Shillings and Six Pence ; And for, and upon the Marriage of every Person of the Degree of an Arch Deacon, the Sum of Two Pounds Ten Shillings, over and above the said Two Shillings and Six Pence ;

And for, and upon the Marriage of every Person of the Degree of a Canon or Prebendary of any Cathederal or Collegiate Church, the Sum of Two Pounds Ten Shillings, over and above the said Two Shillings and Six Pence ;  And for, and upon the Marriage of every Person of the Degreé of a Doctor of Divinity, Law or Physick, the Sum of Five Pounds, over and above the said Two Shillings and Six Pence ;  And for, and upon the Marriage of every Son of an Arch-Bishop, Bishop, Dean, Arch-Deacon, Canon, Prebendary, Doctor of Divinity, Law, or Physick, the Sum of Twenty Shillings, over and above the said Two Shillings and Six Pence ;

And for, and upon the Marriage of every Son or Daughter of every Person having a Real Estate of the Value of Fifty Pounds per Annum or upwards, or a personal Estate of the Value of Six Hundred Pounds or upwards, and not otherwise hereby Charged the Several Dignities, Ranks, Orders, Qualifications or Degreés herein before mentioned, the Sum of Twenty Shillings, over and above the said Two Shillings and Six Pence ; And for, and upon the Marriage of every Son of every such Person having such Real or Personal Estate, as aforesaid, the Sum of Ten Shillings, over and above the said Two Shillings and Six Pence.
And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That the said several and respective Duties and Sums of Money, so to be Raised and paid by Marriages, as aforesaid, as the same shall severally become Due and Payable, shall be Charged upon, and Answered, and Paid to His Majesty, His Heirs and Successors for the aforesaid Term of five Years, by the Husband upon Demand.

And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That every Person Inhabiting and Residing, or which shall Inhabit and Reside in the Kingdom of England, Dominion of Wales or Town of Berwick upon Tweed, being a Batchelor above the Age of Five and twenty Years ( except such as receive Alms ) shall from and after the said First Day of May, during the said Term of Five Years, or so long time thereof as he shall continue a Batchelor, and no longer, Pay to His Majesty, His Heirs and Successors, the Sum of One Shilling yearly.
And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That every Person Inhabiting and Residing, or which shall Inhabit and Reside in the Kingdom of England, Dominion of Wales or Town of Berwick upon Tweed, being a Widower, and having no Child or Children ( except such as receive Alms ) shall from and after the said First Day of May, during the said Term of Five Years, or so long time thereof as he shall continue a Widower, and no longer, Pay to His Majesty, His Heirs and Successors, the Sum of One Shilling yearly.
And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That from and after the said First Day of May, all and every Person and Persons of the several Orders, Ranks, Degreés and Qualifications herein after mentioned, Inhabiting and Residing, or which shall Inhabit and Reside in the Kingdom of England, Dominion of Wales or Town of Berwick upon Tweed, being Batchelors above the Age of Five and twenty Years or Widowers without any Child or Children  shall pay to His Majesty, His Heirs and Successors yearly, during the said Term of Five Years, or for so long as they shall continue Unmarried, and no longer, the several and respective Duties and Sums of Money herein after mentioned, over and above the said yearly Sum of One Shilling, ( that is to say ;)
Every Person of the Degreé of a Duke of England, Scotland, or Ireland, the yearly Sum of Twelve Pounds and Ten Shillings ; And every Person of the Degreé of a Marquess ; of any of the said Three Kingdoms, the yearly Sum of Ten Pounds ; Every Person of the Degreé of an Earl, of any of the said Three Kingdoms, the yearly Sum of Seven  Pounds and Ten Shillings ; Every Person of the Degreé of a Viscount, of any of the said Three Kingdoms, the yearly Sum of Six Pounds and Five Shillings ; Every Person of the Degreé of a Baron, of any of the said Three Kingdoms, the yearly Sum of Five Pounds ; Every Eldest Son of a Duke, of any of the said Three Kingdoms, the yearly Sum of Seven Pounds and Ten Shillings ; Every Younger Son of such Duke, of any of the said Three Kingdoms, the yearly Sum of Six Pounds and Five Shillings ; Every Eldest Son of a Marquess, of any of the said Three Kingdoms, the Sum of Six Pounds and Five Shillings ; Every Younger Son of such Marquess, of any of the said Three Kingdoms, the yearly Sum of Five Pounds ; Every Eldest Son of an Earl, of any of the said Three Kingdoms, the yearly Sum of Five Pounds ; Every Younger Son of such Earl, of any of the said Three Kingdoms, the yearly Sum of Three Pounds and Fifteen Shillings ; Every Eldest Son of a Viscount, of any of the said Three Kingdoms, the yearly Sum of Four Pounds and Seven Shillings and Six Pence ; Every Younger Son of such Viscount, of any of the said Three Kingdoms, the yearly Sum of Three Pounds Six Shillings and Eight Pence ; Every Eldest Son of a Baron, of any of the said Three Kingdoms, the yearly Sum of Three Pounds and Fifteen Shillings ; EveryYounger Son of such Baron, the yearly Sum of Three Pounds ; Every Person of the Degree of a Baronet, of any of the said Three Kingdoms or of Nova Scotia, the yearly Sum of Three Pounds and Fifteen Shillings ; Every Person that is a Knight of the Order of the Bath, the yearly Sum of Three Pounds and Fifteen Shillings ; Every Person that is a Knight Batchelor, the yearly Sum of Two Pounds Ten Shillings ; Every Serjeant at Law, being the Kings Serjeant, the yearly Sum of Five Pounds ; Every other Serjeant at Law, the yearly Sum of Three Pounds Fifteén Shillings ; Every Esquire, or reputed Esquire, or owning or writing himself to be such, the yearly Sum of One Pound Five Shillings ; Every Gentleman, or reputed Gentleman, or owning or writing himself to be such, the yearly Sum of Five Shillings ; Every Person of the Degreé of an Arch-Bishop, the yearly Sum of Twelve Pounds ; Every Person of the Degreé of a Bishop, the yearly Sum of Five Pounds ; Every Person of the Degreé of Dean of any Cathedral or Collegiate Church ; the yearly Sum of Two Pounds and Ten Shillings ; Every Person of the Degreé of Arch Deacon, the yearly Sum of Twelve Shillings and Six pence ; Every Person of the Degreé of a Canon or Prebendary of any Cathedral or Collegiate Church, the yearly Sum of Twelve Shillings and Six Pence ; Every Person of the Degreé of a Doctor of Divinity, Law, or Physick, the yearly Sum of One Pound Five Shillings ; Every Son of an Arch-Bishop, Bishop, Dean, Arch-Deacon, Canon, Prebendary, Doctor of Divinity, Law, or Physick, the yearly Sum of Five Shillings ; Every Person having a Real Estate of the Value of Fifty Pounds per Annum or upwards ; or a personal Estate of the Value of Six Hundred Pounds or upwards ; and not Charged under any of the Orders, Ranks, Degrees or Qualifications aforesaid, the yearly Sum of Five Shillings ; And every Son such Person having such Real or Personal Estate, the yearly Sum of Two Shillings and Six Pence ; Which said several and respective yearly Sums hereby Charged, shall be paid by Two equal Half yearly Payments, at the Two most usual Feasts in the Year ( that is to say ) at the Feasts of St. Michael the Arch-Angel, and the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Provided always, and be it Enacted, That no Person shall, by Virtue of this Act, be doubly Charged, for, or in respect of the several Titles, Honours, or Degreés, but that every such Person shall be Charged and Chargeable for such Title, Honour, or Degreé only, as is highest Rated by this Act.

 

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