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The loyalties of significant sections of both the church and the Tory party remained suspect and with the supporters of the exiled Catholic Stuart dynasty, the Jacobites, continuing to contest the outcome of the revolution by force of arms in Ireland, Scotland and at sea, there were repeated attempts in Parliament to produce a more stringent test of loyalty. That was finally secured in 1696 in the wake of the discovery of a Jacobite assassination plot in which a deadly assault on the king’s coach on his return from hunting at Richmond would be followed by English risings, a French invasion and the restoration of James II.
Earlier work on the Norfolk, Sussex, Worcestershire and York returns was supported by the award of a British Academy Small Research Grant.
I am particularly grateful to Dr Simon Dixon, now of the University of Leicester, for his suggestion that a finding list of these returns could be valuable.
The association was consciously modelled on the Elizabethan ‘Bond of Association’ of 1584 which had been formed after the Catholic Throckmorton Plot to kill Elizabeth and replaced her with Mary Queen of Scots. However, the 1696 association, which required those taking it to acknowledge William as ‘rightful and lawful King’, represented a far more significant undertaking than its Elizabethan predecessor.
Whereas the 1689 oaths to William and Mary had only been tendered to officeholders, the association was imposed on the public at large, not only in Britain but in its colonies as well.