The City of London returns for the 1723 oaths of allegiance have now been integrated into the London Metropolitan Archives online catalogue. You can search the returns either by keying in a relevant document reference (for example CLA/047/LR/02/04/028/001 for the August and September sessions) or by simply keyword searching ‘1723 oaths’ in the catalogue. You can then view details of individual subscribers (name, occupation, marital/social status, place of residence) by clicking the ‘level down’ button on the session reference. The material is drawn from a transcription of the returns made by Dr Alex Craven. Happy searching!
My article on the above is now available online on the Historical Journal website.
In other news, Dr Alex Craven is producing a transcription of the City of London returns which will be integrated into the London Metropolitan Archives’ catalogue, helping users research early eighteenth-century Londoners. In due course, we plan to hold a workshop showcasing the transcription and enriched catalogue, illustrated through an exploration of the biographies of a number of subscribers.
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.
I have written a short article on the 1723 oath returns to be found in London Metropolitan Archives which has now been posted on the LMA website.
The article will also appear in the LMA’s newsletter.
I will also be delivering a talk on 1723 oaths at the University of Liverpool’s Eighteenth-Century Worlds seminar on 11 March 2015.