Working notebook of Sir Edward Dering,
1662 [i.e. 1663].
|Main Creator:||Dering, Edward, Sir, Bart., 1625-1684|
The notebook relates to Dering's service as one of the Commissioners to implement the Act of Settlement in Ireland 1662 and covers February and March 1662 (i.e. 1663). The item is dated using Lady Day dating.
The Act of Settlement 1662 was a partial reversal of the Cromwellian Act of Settlement 1652. Irish Catholics and Royalists who had fought against Cromwell and the English Parliament in the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, had been punished by the wholesale confiscation of their lands and property. In July 1662 Dering was appointed one of seven commissioners to execute the Act of Settlement for Ireland 1662, which was to reverse some of the former confiscations. The commissioners passed judgment on suits between the dispossessed claimants to land, mainly catholic, and the occupants, invariably protestant. Generally if the claimant could prove himself innocent of rebellion against the crown he would be restored, provided he could also prove his original title to the lands. Dering was reappointed as a commissioner in 1665 and was a member of the second court of claims which sat from January 1666 to January 1669 to implement the 1665 Act of Explanation. The first Court of Claims, comprising the seven commissioners, sat in Dublin from 13 January 1663 to 21 August 1663
Physical description: 1 volume.
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