Papist returns, 1767

Suspicion regarding the threat posed by 'papists' was never far from the surface of political life in the 18th century, and their involvement in the Jacobite rebellions aimed at restoring the Stuart dynasty led to the compilation of 'papist returns', Catholics being compelled to register their names and estates. The register reproduced here - part of the systematic attempt to place the Catholic community under closer surveillance - reveals the extent to which rumours and anti-foreign prejudice abounded. It also provides a fascinating insight into the socio-economic nature of the Catholic community.
HLRO Main Papers (1767)



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