Conventicles Act 1670

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A Covenanters Conventicle.[1]

The Conventicles Act 1670 is an Act of the Parliament of England (22 Car. II. c. 1) with the long title "An Act to prevent and suppress Seditious Conventicles".[2] The Act imposed a fine on any person who attended a conventicle (any religious assembly other than the Church of England) of five shillings for the first offence and ten shillings for a second offence. Any preacher or person who allowed their house to be used as a meeting house for such an assembly could be fined 20 shillings and 40 shillings for a second offence.[3]


  1. Lawson 1885, p. 49.
  2. Raithby 1819, pp. 648–651.
  3. Noorthouck 1773, pp. 230–255.