Statutes of the Realm: Volume 5, 1628-80. Originally published by Great Britain Record Commission, s.l, 1819.
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Reasons for passing this Act. Where no Justice resides or is found in the Parish, of Burial, the Parson, Vicar, and Curate (Exception) may take Affidavit of Burial in Woollen only.; Affidavit taken by Parson, &c. as effectual as by 30 C.II.c.3. § 5.
Whereas in one Act of Parliament passed in the thirtyeth yeare of his Majestyes Raigne that now is entituled An Act for burying in Woollen it was amongst other things enacted and ordained That the Affidavits which were to be made of any persons being interred in Woollen according to the directions in the said Act should be made or taken before some one Justice of the Peace or Master of Chauncery Ordinary or Extraordinary Maior Bayliffe or other Chiefe Officer of the City County Burrough Corporation or Market Towne in the County where the said partie was buryed who are thereby authorized and required to administer the said Oath and to attest the same under their Hands upon such Affidavit gratis. And whereas by reason of the distance of the Habitations of the persons before whome such Affidavit is to be made and other accidents diverse persons who have had occasion to make such Affidavits have beene necessitated to travell many miles for the makeing thereof to their great losse of time and hinderance of their other Affaires Bee it therefore enased and it is hereby enacted by the Kings most excellent Majestie by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spirituall and Temporall and Commons in this present Parliament assembled and by the authoritie of the same That from and after the second day of February in the yeare of our Lord One thousand six hundred and eighty (where noe Justice of Peace shall reside or be to be found in any Parish where any party shall be interred) the said Oathes or Affidavits may be administred not onely by any Justice of the Peace or Master of Chauncery Ordinary or Extraordinary Maior Bayliffe or other Chiefe Officer of the City, County, Burrough Corporation of Market Towne in the County where any party was buryed but alsoe that the Parsons Vicars and Curates in every Parish or Chappell of Ease within the County where any party shall be interred (except onely the Parson Vicar and Curate of the Parish or Chappell of Ease where the partie is interred concerning whose Interment in Woollen such Affidavit is to be made) be and are hereby authorized and required to administer the said Oathes or Affidavits and to attest the same under their Hands gratis, And that every such Affidavit taken before them shall be of like force and effect as if the same had beene taken and administred by the persons authorized to administer the same by the Act aforesaid.