Document referenceQDO(S)
TitleSacrament certificates : North Riding Quarter Sessions
DescriptionThis sub-series consists of sacrament certificates. They give the name of the person, style, sometimes residence, church where the sacrament was taken and signatures of minister, churchwardens and witnesses. Office is only rarely given, for example, excisemen, militia officers, clerks, schoolmasters, and naval officers.
Catalogue statusCatalogued
Administrative historyA certificate that the sacrament of Holy Communion had been received according to the usage of the Church of England was required from all persons appointed to public office under the Test Act of 1672 (25 Charles II cap. 2). This was repealed by an Act in 1828 (9 George IV cap. 17) when an undertaking not to injure the established church was substituted.
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