Keys to the Past

Glossary

Dissenter

The name 'dissenter' was used to describe a number of Christian groups, including the Presbyterians, Baptists and Quakers, who did not follow the Church of England in the 17th and 18th centuries. It was illegal to be a dissenter until the law was changed in 1689, but a dissenter could not join the army or hold any official jobs until 1828.

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