Quakers Act 1695

The Quakers Act 1695 was an Act of the Parliament of England which allowed Quakers to substitute an affirmation where the law previously required an oath. The Act did not apply to the oaths required when giving evidence in a criminal case or to serve on a jury or to hold any office of profit from the Crown. It allowed legal proceedings to be taken against Quakers before a Justice of the Peace for refusing to pay tithes if the amount claimed did not exceed £10. The Act would have expired in seven years but, in 1702, Parliament extended it for another eleven years by the Affirmation by Quakers Act 1701. In 1715, it was made permanent and applied also to Scotland.[1]

Quakers Act 1695
Long titleAn Act that the Solemne Affirmation & Declaration of the People called Quakers shall be accepted instead of an Oath in the usual Forme.
Citation7 & 8 Will 3 c 34
Repealed22 October 1969
Other legislation
Repealed byStatute Law (Repeals) Act 1969
Status: Repealed
Text of statute as originally enacted


The Act, except sections 3 and 4, was repealed by the Statute Law Revision Act 1867.[2] The remaining sections were repealed by the Statute Law (Repeals) Act 1969.[3]


  1. ^ Mark A. Thomson, A Constitutional History of England. 1642 to 1801 (London: Methuen, 1938), p. 277.
  2. ^ "Statute Law Revision Act 1867". Irish Statute Book. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Statute Law (Repeals) Act 1969". UK Statute Law Database. Retrieved 27 November 2013.

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