[From Lex Scripta, 1819]
WHEREAS by two severall antient Laws, the one of the Year 1429 incerted in the Book of Statutes of this Isle, it is provided and declared that all Aliens residing within the said Isle, shall make Faith and Fealty to the Lord; and if any such Alien be so resident and make no Faith or Fealty to the Lord when he dyeth, (whose Tennant soever he be,) the Lord shall have his Goods by his Prerogative: Now it being the good Will and Pleasure of the Right Honourable the Lord of this Isle to have the said Laws repealed, for the Encouragement of all Foreigners and Strangers to reside here, be it therefore enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That the before-recited Laws, and all Things mentioned or intended in and by the same, shall, from and after the Day of the Date hereof, be utterly repealed, made void, and of none effect, to all Intents and Purposes whatsoever; and that all and every Person or Persons, whether Subjects of the Kingdomes of Scotland or Ireland, or any Foreigners or Strangers, of any other Kingdoms or Nations (their Prince being in amity with the Crown of England) coming into this Isle to reside, shall for the future have and enjoy the same Imunitys, Privilledges, and Advantages that any of the Subjects or Inhabitants of England have or hereafter shall or may have and enjoy by the Laws and Customes of this Isle, any other Law, Usage, or Custome heretofore practiced to the contrary notwithstanding.
( Signed.) John Parr, Daniel Mylrea.N. Sankey, J. Rowe, Ri. Stevenson, Tho. Huddleston.Charles Christian, Nich. Christian, John Wattleworth, Cha. Moor, Day. Murrey, Nicho. Thompson, Sill. Ratcliffe, John Bridson, Tho. Christian, Will. Christian, John Curlett, John Kaighin, Caesar Wattleworth, John Oates, Pat. Christian, James Bancks, James Christian, Ro. Christian, James Oates, Robert Curghy, Thomas Woods.
I am well pleased with these severall Acts, and do confirm the same, and will that they be published in due Forme upon the Tynwald Hill. DERBY
At a Tynwald Court holden at St. John's Chappell the 9th Day of August 1697, before the Deputy Governor of this Isle, the Officers, Deemsters, and 24 Keyes, then and there present.
THE two Acts aforegoing, viz. one against Non-residence, and the other for repealing the Lnw made against Aliens. were publickly proclaimed upon the Tynwald Hill according to anticiit Forme and Custome ; is Witness our Hands the Day and Year witliin written. -(Signed.)-P. Heywood, J. Rowe, John Parr, Tho. Huddleston, Daniel Mylrea, Tho. Stevenson, Nicholas Christian, Sil. Ratcliff, John Wattlewortli, David Murrey, Willm. Christian, Thomas Christian, John Kaiglin, Nicholas Thompson, John Bridson, Pat. Gellin, John Curlet, John Oates, Caesar Wattleworth, James Bancks,. Thomas Woods, James Christian,, Ro. Christian, Ro, Curghy, - Curlett.