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Revocation Act

Revocation Act, 1625. When Charles I succeeded his father he already had difficult relations with the Scottish kirk. He increased these in 1625 by a prerogative Act of Revocation, whereby church or royal property which had been alienated since 1540 was taken back by the crown. This greatly alarmed the nobility and raised the spectre of a wholesale attack upon property rights. Charles then compounded his blunder by sending a Roman catholic adviser, Lord Nithsdale, to enforce the measure. Though the matter was compromised, it was an inauspicious start to the new reign—‘the ground stone of all the mischeiffe that folloued after’.

J. A. Cannon

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