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‘Know all men whom this may concerne...’ . The Protestation returns and early modern social and economic history

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In 1641 and in 1642 Parliament used the Protestation oath to swear the nation. Taken at parish level, this required returns listing those taking (or refusing) the oath. This paper provides an introduction to these little-known and under-used sources. Surviving in their thousands and providing for some counties complete coverage, the returns provide a partial census. In some parishes, the returns were ordered either by family, household, occupation or gender and/or age categories. In others, the silent ordering principles by which the names were returned (topography or status hierarchies) can be recovered. A rich cluster of contemporaneous parish-level fiscal listings (poll tax, subsidy, Collections for Ireland) offer possibilities for comparative record linkage.

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