Status and Position of
In 1820, Catholic landowners and 40
shilling freeholders in Ireland were allowed
However, laws dating
back to 1688
prevented a Catholic in Britain from being
an MP, holding public office, becoming a
civil servant or an officer in the Army.
Catholics in England, Wales and Scotland
were also not allowed to vote.
Catholics made up 95% of the population
of Ireland; the Catholic population in
England was small but it was growing.