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Wool Act of 1699 Text and Words

King William III

King William III

The Wool Act of 1699 was issued by the British Parliament in 1699 during the reign of King William III. The Wool Act of 1699 restricted the trading of wool products by banning the export of wool from the colonies, limited the importing of wool to that produced by Great Britain, and taxed wool sales. It was used as a basis for the government and laws of the 13 Colonies in Colonial America

Wool Act
(1699)

An Act to prevent the Exportation of Wool out of the Kingdoms of Ireland and England into Forreigne parts and for the Incouragement of the Woollen Manufactures in the Kingdom of England.

 Forasmuch as Wool and the Woollen Manufactures of Cloth Serge Bayes Kerseys and other Stuffs made or mixed with Wool are the greatest and most profitable Commodities of this Kingdom on which the Value of Lands and the Trade of the Nation do chiefly depend And whereas great Quantities of the like Manufactures have of late been made and are daily increasing in the Kingdom of Ireland and in the English Plantations in America and are exported from thence to Forreigne Marketts heretofore supplyed from England which will inevitably sink the Value of Lands and tend to the ruine of the Trade and the Woollen Manufactures of this Realme For the Prevention whereof and for the Encouragement of the Woollen Manufactures within this Kingdom Be it enacted by the Kings most Excellent Majesty by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spirituall and Temporall and Commons in this present Parliament assembled and by the Authority of the same

That no Person or Persons whatsoever from and after the Four and twentieth Day of June in the Yeare of Lord One thousand six hundred ninety nine shall directly or indirectly export transport shipp off carry or convey or cause or procure to be exported transported shipped off carried or conveyed out of or from the said Kingdom of Ireland into any Forreigne Realme States or Dominions or into any Parts or Places whatsoever other than the Parts within the Kingdom of England or the Dominion of Wales any the Wool Woollfells Shortlings Mortlings Woollflocks Worsted Bay or Woollen Yarne Cloth Serge Bays Kersies Says Frizes Druggets Cloth-Serges Shalloons or any other Drapery Stuffs or Woollen Manufactures whatsoever made up or mixed with Wooll or Woollflocks or shall directly or indirectlyload or cause to be loaden upon any Horse Cart or other Carriage or load or lay on Board or cause to be lade nor laid on board in any Ship or Vessell in any Place or Parts within or belonging to the said Kingdom of Irelandany such Wooll Woollfells Shortlings Mortlings Woolflocks Worsted Bay or Woollen Yarne Cloth Bays KerseysSerges Says Frizes Druggets Cloth-Serges Shalloons or any other Drapery or Woollen Manufactures to the Intentor Purpose to export transport shipp off carry or convey the same or cause the same to be exported transported shipped off carried or conveyed out of the said Kingdom of Ireland or out of any Port or Place belonging to the same or with Intent or Purpose that any Person or Persons whatsoever should so export transport shipp off carry or convey the same out of the said Kingdom of Ireland into any Ports or Places (except as aforesaid).

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