What shall be made of Wooll onely

And whereas by an Act made in the Tenth and Eleaventh Years of His Majesties Reigne intituled An Act to prevent Exportation of Wooll out of the Kingdoms of Ireland and England into Forreigne Parts and for the Encouragement of the Woollen Manufactures in the Kingdom of England It is enacted and declared That no Wooll Wooll-fells Shortlings Mortlings Wooll-flocks Worstead-Bays or Woollen Yarne Cloth Serge Bays Kerseys Says Frizes Druggets Cloth-Serges Shalloons or any other Drapery Stuffs or Woollen Manufactures whatsoever made up or mixed with Wooll or Wooll-flocks shall 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 Place whatsoever other than the Parts within the Kingdom of England or the Dominion of Wales under severall Penalties and Forfeitures in the said Act mentioned…

I was reading up on the 1699 Wool Act (put through by King Billy, above). It was all very interesting. I was looking at it in the context of asking why linen and cotton processing rose so rapidly in the 1700s instead of, say, wool. And then I found another Wool Act, a slightly different, more eclectic Wool Act, from a few years before this one, brought in by Charles (below).

For the Encouragement of the Woollen Manufactures of this Kingdome and prevention of the Exportation of the Moneyes thereof for the buying and importing of Linnen Bee it enacted by the Kings most Excellent Majestie … Noe person or persons whatsoever shall be buryed in any Shirt Shift or Sheete made of or mingled with Flax Hempe, Silke, Haire, Gold or Silver or other then what shall be made of Wooll onely, or be putt into any Coffin lined or faced with any thing made of or mingled with Flax Hempe Silke or Haire upon paine of the forfeiture of the summe of Five pounds…

You can read more about the Burying in Woollen Acts here or, even better, here. Macabre reading, but enjoy!

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