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Difference between Black Act, the and “Black Acts, the”

Black Act, the—(UK hist.) the English statute of 1722, directed against certain lawless persons who designated themselves “The Blacks”:

  • The Waltham blacks committed such enormities, that Government was forced to interfere with that severe Act called the Black Act.

Black Acts, the—(UK hist.) acts of the Scottish Parliament passed between the accession of James I and 1587:

  • Under the administration of the Earl of Arran, a subservient Scottish Parliament passed the legislation known as the Black Acts, making the king supreme in all.