Women, politics and the 1723 oaths of allegiance to George I

I’m very pleased to announce that my article entitled ‘Women, politics and the 1723 oaths of allegiance to George I’ has been accepted for publication by The Historical Journal. You can find a copy of the accepted manuscript version of the article below. The final version of the article will appear in The Historical Journal in due course. I am grateful to Cambridge University Press for permission to reproduce the accepted manuscript.

Women, politics and 1723 oaths accepted manuscript web version

Walpole’s Tax on Catholics

I’ve written an article on the £100000 tax on Catholics in the September issue of BBC History Magazine. This was the measure that prompted the imposition of the oaths to George I in 1723. The effectiveness of the tax has been debated by historians but in this short piece I argue that it did reveal the capacity of the state to keep watch on its Roman Catholic subjects (whether rich or poor, male or female). You can download a copy of the article from the link below. I’m grateful to BBC History Magazine for permission to reproduce my essay.

BBC History Magazine Article

1723 oath rolls for Wareham

I’ve now had a chance to look at the 1723 oath roll for Wareham borough (Dorset Record Office, D RWR X25). The roll, consisting of six sheets of parchment, begins with the text of the three oaths to George I. It’s then followed by the Latin preamble recording the date and location of the special sessions of the peace at which the individuals listed on the roll subscribed. Most of the sessions were held at the Antelope Inn, Wareham and they range in date from 7th October 1723 to Christmas Day of that same year. There are a combination of signatures and marks, and the names of both men and women visible. A very quick tally suggests approx 399 signatories with c.102 of those women. Four of the six signatories at the last session appear to be members of the same family (surname Clarke). I will be looking at the return for Poole next week. Thanks to Jo Hearton at Dorset Record Office for scanned images of this roll.