Act of Settlement 1701

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The Act of Settlement is an Act of the Parliament of England. It passed in 1701.[a] It settled the succession to the English and Irish crowns to only Protestants. More specifically, anyone who became a Roman Catholic, or who married one, was not able to inherit the throne.

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  1. The act received royal assent in 1701. However, it is formally dated as 1700 in official use, such as the listing for the act in the Chronological Table of the Statutes, because acts passed before the Acts of Parliament (Commencement) Act 1793 came into force are dated by the year in which the relevant parliamentary session began, which, in this case, was 6 February 1700 (OS) (6 February 1701 NS).