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Simony Act 1588

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IV Simoniacal Presentations to Benefices, &c. declared void: Penalty of Double the yearly Value on the Giver and Taker; and the Giver incapacitated to hold the Benefice.E+W

And for the avoydinge of Symony & Corrupcion, in presentacions Collacions and Donacions of and to Benefices Dignyties Prebends and other Livings and Promocions Eccliasticall, and in Admissions Institucions and Inductions to the same; yf any person or persons Bodyes Polliticke or Corporate shall or doe, for anye somme of Money Rewarde Guyfte Profytt or Benefytt, directlie or indirectlie, or for or by reason of any Promyse Agreement Graunte Bonds Coveniante or other Assuraunces of or for any somme of Money Rewarde Guyfte Profitt or Benefytt whatsoever, directly or indirectlie, present or collate any person to anye Benefice withe Cure of Soules, Dignytie Prebend or Lyvinge Eccliasticall, or give or bestowe the same for or in respecte of any suche corrupte cause or consideracion, that then everie suche presentacion Collation Guifte and bestowinge, and everie Admyssion Institucion Investure and Induction thereupon, shalbe utterlie voyde frustrate and of none Effecte in Lawe: . . . F1: And that all and every person or persons Bodye Pollitick and Corporate, that from thenceforthe shall give or take anye suche somme ofMoney Rewarde Guyfte or Benefitt, directlye or indirectlye, or that shall take or make anye suche Promysse Graunte Bonde Coven-nte or other Assuraunce, shall forfeite and loose the double value of one yeres Profitt of everie suche Benefice Dignitie Prebend and Livinge Eccliasticall; and the person, soe corruptlye takinge Procuringe seekinge or accepting any suche Benefice Dignitie prebende or Lyvinge, shall thereupon and from thenceforth be adjudged a disabled person in Lawe to have or enjoye the same Benefice Dignitie Prebend or Lyvinge Eccliasticall.

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C1Liability to pecuniary penalty amended by Common Informers Act 1951 (c. 39, SIF 39:1), s. 1

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