The Popery Act 1627 (3 Chas. 1, c. 3) was an Act of Parliament passed by the Parliament of England. Its long title is "An Act to restrain the passing or sending of any to be Popishly bred beyond the Seas".[1][2] This was the only penal law to be passed during the reign of Charles I.[1]

Popery Act 1627
Act of Parliament
Citation3 Chas. 1, c. 3
Status: Repealed

The Act declared:

Forasmuch as divers ill affected Persons to the true Religion within this Realm, had sent their Children into Foreign Parts to be bred up in Popery, not­withstanding the Restraint of it by 1 Jac. 1. It was enacted, That that Law should be put in Execution; and further, that if any Person or Persons, being Subjects, should pass over, or go, convey, or send, or cause to be sent or conveyed, any Children, or other Person beyond Seas, to the Intent and Purpose to enter into, or be resident or trained up in any Priory, Abbey, Nunnery, Popish University, Colledge or School, or Houses of Jesuits, Priests, or in any Private Popish Fa­mily, and shall be there, by any Jesuite, Seminary Priest, Friar, Monk, or other Popish Person instructed, perswaded or strengthned in the Popish Religion in any sort to profess the same; or should convey or send, or cause to be conveyed, or sent any sum or other thing towards the maintenance of any already gone or sent under any Pretence of Charity, or otherwise, &c. is disabled to sue, to be Commitee of any Ward, or Executor or Administrator; is not capable of any Legacy or Deed of Gift, or to bear any Office within the Realm; forfeits all his Goods and Chattels, forfeits his Lands and other real Estate for his Life. In case of Conformity, these Penalties are not to be incurred; and in case the Lands have been seised, they shall be restored.[2]


  1. ^ a b 'Penal laws', The Catholic Encyclopedia, retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b Samuel Blackerby, An historical account of making the penal laws by the papists against the Protestants, and by the Protestants against the papists wherein the true ground and reason of making the laws is given, the papists most barbarous usuage [sic] of the Protestants here in England under a colour of law set forth, and the Reformation vindicated from the imputation of being cruel and bloody, unjustly cast upon it by those of the Romish Communion (1689), p. 120.