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Hares (Scotland) Act 1848

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Hares (Scotland) Act 1848

1848 CHAPTER 30

An Act to enable all Persons having at present a Right to kill Hares in Scotland to do so themselves, or by Persons authorized by them, without being required to take out a Game Certificate.

[22d July 1848]

WHEREAS by an Act passed in the Forty-eighth Year of the Reign of King George the Third, intituled An Act for repealing the Duties of Assessed Taxes, and granting new Duties in lieu thereof, and certain additional Duties to be consolidated therewith, and also for repealing the Stamp Duties on Game Certificates, and granting new Duties in lieu thereof, to be placed under the Management of the Commissioners for the Affairs of Taxes, and by an Act passed in the Fifty-second Year of the Reign of the said King George the Third, intituled An Act for granting to His Majesty certain new and additional Duties of Assessed Taxes, and for consolidating the same with the former Duties of Assessed Taxes, and by an Act passed in the Third Year of the Reign of Her present Majesty, intituled An Act for granting to Her Majesty Duties of Customs, Excise, and Assessed Taxes, certain Duties of Assessed - Taxes were granted to Her Majesty the Queen upon, amongst other things, every Person who shall use any Dog, Gun, Net, or other Engine for the Purpose of killing any Game whatever, or shall assist in any Manner in the taking or killing of any Game: And whereas by divers Laws now in force Penalties are imposed on all Persons taking or killing, or assisting in the taking or killing of, amongst other things, any Game whatever, who shall not have obtained a Certificate of the due Payment of such Duties : And whereas it has been found that much Damage has been and continually is done by Hares to the Produce of Land, and that great Losses have been thereby sustained; and it is expedient that all Persons having at present a Right to kill and destroy Hares in Scotland should be allowed to do so without the Payment of the said Duties of Assessed Taxes, and without the incurring of any of the Penalties above mentioned: Be it therefore enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the same, That from and after the passing of this Act it shall be lawful for any Person having at present a Right to kill Hares in Scotland to do so himself, or by any Person permitted, directed, or commanded by him by any Writing under his Hand, without the Payment of any such Duties of Assessed Taxes as aforesaid, and without obtaining an annual Game Certificate; Provided always, that such Hares shall be found and killed in or upon his own Land; provided also, that no Person permitted, directed, or commanded as aforesaid shall have Power to authorize any other Person whatever to take or destroy any Hare.

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