Mines Royal Act 1688

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The Royal Mines Act 1688[1]
Long titleAn Act to Repeale the Statute made in the fifth yeare of King Henry the Fourth against the Multiplying Gold and Silver.[2]
Citation1 Will & Mary c 30
Status: Amended
Revised text of statute as amended

The Royal Mines Act 1688 (1 Will & Mary c 30),[3] sometimes referred to as the Mines Royal Act, is an Act of the Parliament of England.

This Act was partly in force in Great Britain at the end of 2010.[4]

The Royal Mines Act 1688 repealed the Act Against Multipliers (5 Henry IV c. 4) (1404) which had made it a felony to create gold and silver by means of alchemy.

The Act specified also that "no mine of tin, copper, iron or, lead, shall hereafter be adjudged, reputed, or taken to be a royal mine although gold or silver may be extracted out of the same." In doing so, the Act brought to an end the monopolies of the Society of Mines Royal and the Company of Mineral and Battery Works which had enjoyed exclusive rights to extract metal from certain mines.

According to Isaac Newton, in a letter to John Locke, Robert Boyle 'procured the repeal of the Act of Parliament against Multipliers'. He further claimed that Boyle must then have had in his hands a recipe for the production of gold by alchemical means.

The Royal Mines Act 1688, except the last section, was repealed by section 1 of, and the Schedule to, the Statute Law Revision Act 1867.

Section 3[edit]

In this section, the words to "aforesaid that" were repealed by section 1 of, and Schedule 1 to, the Statute Law Revision Act 1948.

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  1. ^ The citation of this Act by this short title was authorised by section 5 of, and Schedule 2 to, the Statute Law Revision Act 1948. Due to the repeal of those provisions, it is now authorised by section 19(2) of the Interpretation Act 1978.
  2. ^ These words are printed against this Act in the second column of Schedule 2 to the Statute Law Revision Act 1948, which is headed "Title".
  3. ^ Also cited as 1 Will & Mar sess 1 c 30
  4. ^ The Chronological Table of the Statutes, 1235 - 2010. The Stationery Office. 2011. ISBN 978-0-11-840509-6. Part I. Page 68, read with pages viii and x.

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