Non-juror

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A non-juror is a person who refuses to swear a particular oath:

  • In British history, non-jurors refused to swear allegiance to William and Mary; see Nonjuring schism
  • In French history, non-jurors were clergy members who refused to swear an oath of allegiance to the state under the Civil Constitution of the Clergy; also known as refractory clergy, priests and bishops
  • In American history, non-jurors were citizens of the Thirteen Colonies who declined both to fight as Loyalists and to swear the Oath of Allegiance to the rebel state governments