Treason Act 1553

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The Treason Act 1553[1]
Long title An Acte repealing certayne Treasons Felonies and Premunire.[2]
Citation 1 Mary Sess 1 c 1
Territorial extent England
Repealed 1967
Other legislation
Repealed by Statute Law Revision Act 1863
Criminal Law Act 1967
Status: Repealed

The Treason Act 1553 (1 Mary Sess 1 c 1) was an Act of the Parliament of England. (It should not be confused with another Act about treason passed in the same year, 1 Mary Sess 2 c 6.)

The Act abolished all forms of treason that had been created since 1351, except the Treason Act 1351 itself. It also abolished all felonies created since the beginning of the reign of Henry VIII.


Section 2 of this Act was repealed on 28 July 1863 by section 1 of, and the Schedule to, the Statute Law Revision Act 1863.

The rest of the Act was repealed by section 10(2) of, and Part I of Schedule 3 to, the Criminal Law Act 1967.

Other treason legislation[edit]

Another Act (1 Mary Sess.2 c.6) passed in the same year made it high treason to counterfeit foreign coins, or forge the Queen's privy seal, signet ring or royal sign manual. This Act was replaced by the Forgery Act 1830,[3] which continued this form of treason until it was repealed in 1861. (That offence continued to exist as a felony until 1981.)

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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. ^ The 1830 Act did not apply in Scotland: section 29.

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