List of Acts of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, 1840–1859

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This is an incomplete list of Acts of the Parliament of the United Kingdom for the years 1840–1859. Note that the first parliament of the United Kingdom was held in 1801; parliaments between 1707 and 1800 were either parliaments of Great Britain or of Ireland). For Acts passed up until 1707 see List of Acts of the Parliament of England and List of Acts of the Parliament of Scotland. For Acts passed from 1707 to 1800 see List of Acts of the Parliament of Great Britain. See also the List of Acts of the Parliament of Ireland.

For Acts of the devolved parliaments and assemblies in the United Kingdom, see the List of Acts of the Scottish Parliament from 1999, the List of Acts of the Northern Ireland Assembly, and the List of Acts and Measures of the National Assembly for Wales; see also the List of Acts of the Parliament of Northern Ireland.

The number shown after each Act's title is its chapter number. Acts passed before 1963 are cited using this number, preceded by the year(s) of the reign during which the relevant parliamentary session was held; thus the Union with Ireland Act 1800 is cited as "39 & 40 Geo. 3 c. 67", meaning the 67th Act passed during the session that started in the 39th year of the reign of George III and which finished in the 40th year of that reign. Note that the modern convention is to use Arabic numerals in citations (thus "41 Geo. 3" rather than "41 Geo. III"). Note also that Acts of the last session of the Parliament of Great Britain and the first session of the Parliament of the United Kingdom are both cited as "41 Geo. 3". Acts passed from 1963 onwards are simply cited by calendar year and chapter number.

All modern Acts have a short title, e.g. the Local Government Act 2003. Some earlier Acts also have a short title given to them by later Acts, such as by the Short Titles Act 1896.

1840 – 1849[edit]

1840 (3 & 4 Vict.)[edit]

Public General Acts[edit]

Local Acts[edit]


4 & 5 Vict.[edit]

5 Vict.[edit]

1842 (5 & 6 Vict.)[edit]

1843 (6 & 7 Vict.)[edit]

1844 (7 & 8 Vict.)[edit]

1845 (8 & 9 Vict.)[edit]

Public General Acts[edit]

Local Acts[edit]

1846 (9 & 10 Vict.)[edit]

Public General Acts[edit]

Local Acts[edit]

1847 (10 & 11 Vict.)[edit]

1848 (11 & 12 Vict.)[edit]

1849 (12 & 13 Vict.)[edit]

Public General Acts[edit]

Local Acts[edit]

1850 – 1859[edit]

1850 (13 & 14 Vict.)[edit]

Public General Acts[edit]

Private Acts[edit]

1851 (14 & 15 Vict.)[edit]

Public General Acts[edit]

Local Acts[edit]


15 & 16 Vict.[edit]

16 & 17 Vict.[edit]

1853 (16 & 17 Vict.)[edit]

Public General Acts[edit]

Local Acts[edit]

1854 (17 & 18 Vict.)[edit]

Public General Acts[edit]

Local Acts[edit]

1855 (18 & 19 Vict.)[edit]

1856 (19 & 20 Vict.)[edit]


20 Vict.[edit]

20 & 21 Vict.[edit]

1858 (21 & 22 Vict.)[edit]


22 Vict.[edit]

22 & 23 Vict.[edit]

  • Annual Turnpike Acts Continuance Act 1859 c. 51 (An Act to continue certain Turnpike Acts in Great Britain.)
  • Antigua and Barbuda Act 1859 c. 13 (An Act to enable Her Majesty to confirm an Act passed by the Legislature of Antigua, intituled An Act to extend the Operation of the Laws of Antigua to the Island of Barbuda.)
  • Appropriation Act 1859 c. 55 (An Act to apply a Sum out of the Consolidated Fund and the Surplus of Ways and Means to the Service of the Year One thousand eight hundred and fifty-nine; and to appropriate the Supplies granted in this Session of Parliament.)
  • Bankruptcy, etc. (Ireland) Act 1859 c. 62 (An Act to amend the Irish Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (1857).)
  • Boundary Survey (Ireland) Act 1859 c. 8 (An Act to amend the Act of the Twentieth and Twenty-first Years of Victoria, Chapter Forty-five, relating to the Survey of Boundaries in Ireland.)
  • British Law Ascertainment Act 1859 c. 63 (An Act to afford Facilities for the more certain Ascertainment of the Law administered in one Part of Her Majesty's Dominions when pleaded in the Courts of another Part thereof.)
  • Cambridge University, etc. Act 1859 c. 34 (An Act to continue the Powers of the Commissioners under an Act of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Years of Her Majesty, concerning the University of Cambridge and the College of King Henry the Sixth at Eton.)
  • Chief Superintendent in China Act 1859 c. 9 (An Act to provide for the Exercise of the Duties of Chief Superintendent in China in certain Cases.)
  • Clerk of the Council Act 1859 c. 1 (An Act to provide for the Authentication of certain Orders of the Privy Council in the Absence of the Clerk of the Council in Ordinary.)
  • Coinage Act 1859 c. 30 (An Act to extend the Enactments relating to the Copper Coin to Coin of mixed Metal.)
  • Colonial Affidavits Act 1859 c. 12 (An Act to repeal, as regards the Colony of Victoria) and to enable other Colonial Legislatures to repeal, certain Provisions of the Imperial Acts of the Fifty-fourth Year of George the Third, Chapter Fifteen, and of the Fifth and Sixth Years of William the Fourth, Chapter Sixty-two.)
  • Confirmation of Marriages Act 1859 c. 64 (An Act to remove Doubts as to the Validity of certain Marriages of British Subjects at Lisbon.)
  • Constabulary (Ireland) Act 1859 c. 22 (An Act to amend the Acts relating to the Constabulary Force in Ireland.)
  • Corrupt Practices Act 1859 c. 48 (An Act to continue the Corrupt Practices Prevention Act, 1854.)
  • County and Borough Police Act 1859 c. 32 (An Act to amend the Law concerning the Police in Counties and Boroughs in England and Wales.)
  • County Cess. (Ireland) Act 1859 c. 23 (An Act to continue certain Acts relating to the Collection of County Cess in Ireland.)
  • County Court Judges Act 1859 c. 57 (An Act limiting the Power of Imprisonment for Small Debts exercised by the County Court Judges.)
  • Court of Probate (Ireland) Act 1859 c. 31 (An Act to amend the Law relating to Probates and Letters of Administration in Ireland.)
  • Customs Act 1859 c. 37 (An Act for the Amendment of the Laws relating to the Customs.)
  • Dublin Police Act 1859 c. 52 (An Act to amend the Laws relating to the Police District of Dublin Metropolis.)
  • East India Loan (No. 2) Act 1859 c. 39 (An Act to enable the Secretary of State in Council of India to raise Money in the United Kingdom for the Service of the Government of India.)
  • Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Act 1859 c. 45 (An Act to continue certain temporary Provisions concerning Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction in England.)
  • Episcopal and Capitular Estates Act 1859 c. 46 (An Act to continue and amend the Act concerning the Management of Episcopal and Capitular Estates in England.)
  • European Troops in India Act 1859 c. 27 (An Act to repeal the Thirty-first Section of the Act of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Years of Victoria, Chapter Ninety-five, and to alter the Limit of the Number of European Troops to be maintained for local Service in India.)
  • Galway Harbour Act 1859 c. 28 (An Act to amend the Galway Harbour and Port Act (1853).)
  • Government of India Act 1859 c. 41 (An Act to amend the Act for the better Government of India.)
  • High Court of Admiralty Act 1859 c. 6 (An Act to enable Serjeants, Barristers-at-Law, Attorneys, and Solicitors to practise in the High Court of Admiralty.)
  • Holyhead Harbour Railway Act 1859 c. 60 (An Act to extend the Powers of an Act passed in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Years of Her Majesty, Chapter One hundred and eleven, relating to the laying down of Railways at Holyhead Harbour.)
  • House of Commons Act 1859 c. 5 (An Act to remove Doubts as to the Qualification of Persons holding Diplomatic Pensions to sit in Parliament.)
  • Inclosure Act 1859 c. 43 (An Act to amend and extend the Provisions of the Acts for the Inclosure, Exchange, and Improvement of Land.)
  • Inclosures Act 1859 c. 47 (An Act to authorize the Inclosure of certain Lands in pursuance of a Special Report of the Inclosure Commissioners of England and Wales.)
  • Income Tax Act 1859 c. 18 (An Act for granting to Her Majesty additional Rates of Income Tax; and to reduce the Period of Credit allowed for Payment of the Excise Duty on Malt.)
  • Jury Trials (Scotland) Act 1859 c. 7 (An Act to amend an Act of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Years of Her Majesty, for allowing Verdicts on Trials by Jury in Civil Causes in Scotland to be received, although the Jury may not be unanimous.)
  • Law of Property Amendment Act 1859 c. 35 (An Act to further amend the Law of Property, and to relieve Trustees.)
  • Legislative Council of Canada Act 1859 c. 10 (An Act to empower the Legislature of Canada to make Laws regulating the Appointment of a Speaker of the Legislative Council.)
  • Linen, etc., Manufacturers (Ireland) Act 1859 c. 25 (An Act to continue certain Acts relating to Linen, Hempen, and other Manufactures in Ireland.)
  • Local Government Supplemental (No. 2) Act 1859 c. 11 (An Act to confirm certain Provisional Orders under the Local Government Act (1858).)
  • Matrimonial Causes Act 1859 c. 61 (An Act to make further Provision concerning the Court for Divorce and Matrimonial Causes.)
  • Middlesex Sessions Act 1859 c. 4 (An Act to amend the Act for the better Administration of Criminal Justice in Middlesex.)
  • Military Savings Bank Act 1859 c. 20 (An Act to amend and consolidate the Laws relating to Military Savings Banks.)
  • Militia Act 1859 c. 38 (An Act further to amend the Laws relating to the Militia.)
  • Militia Ballots Suspension Act 1859 c. 15 (An Act to suspend the making of Lists and the Ballots for the Militia of the United Kingdom.)
  • Militia Pay Act 1859 c. 54 (An Act to defray the Charge of the Pay, Clothing, and contingent and other Expenses of the Disembodied Militia in Great Britain and Ireland; to grant Allowances in certain Cases to Subaltern Officers, Adjutants, Paymasters, Quartermasters, Surgeons, Assistant Surgeons, and Surgeons Mates of the Militia; and to authorize the Employment of the Noncommissioned Officers.)
  • North-Western Territories of America Act 1859 c. 26 (An Act to make further Provision for the Regulation of the Trade with the Indians, and for the Administration of Justice in the North-western Territories of America.)
  • Pawnbrokers Act 1859 c. 14 (An Act to amend an Act of the Thirty-ninth and Fortieth Years of King George the Third, for better regulating the Business of Pawnbrokers.)
  • Petty Sessional Divisions Act 1859 c. 65 (An Act for amending the Acts for the better Regulation of Divisions in the several Counties of England and Wales.)
  • Poor Law (Payment of Debts) Act 1859 c. 49 (An Act to provide for the Payment of Debts incurred by Boards of Guardians in Unions and Parishes and Boards of Management in School Districts.)
  • Poor Rates Act 1859 c. 44 (An Act to continue the Act for the Exemption of Stock in Trade from Rating.)
  • Probate and Other Courts and Registries Site Act 1859 c. 16 (An Act to enable the Commissioners of Her Majesty's Works to acquire a Site for the Purposes of Her Majesty's Court of Probate., and other Courts and Offices.)
  • Probate Duty Act 1859 c. 36 (An Act to alter the Stamp Duties payable upon Probates of Wills and Letters of Administration, to repeal the Stamp Duties on Licences to exercise the Faculty of Physic, and to amend the Laws relating to Hawkers and Pedlars.)
  • Provisional Order Confirmation Turnpikes Act 1859 c. 33 (An Act to confirm certain Provisional Orders made under an Act of the Fifteenth Year of Her present Majesty, to facilitate Arrangements for the Belief of Turnpike Trusts.)
  • Public Health Act 1859 c. 3 (An Act to amend and make perpetual " The Public Health Act, 1858.)
  • Queen's Remembrancer Act 1859 c. 21 (An Act to regulate the Office of Queen's Remembrancer, and to amend the Practice and Procedure on the Revenue Side of the Court of Exchequer.)
  • Railway Companies Arbitration Act 1859 c. 59 (An Act to enable Railway Companies to settle their Differences with other Companies by Arbitration.)
  • Repeal of Nore Tolls Act 1859 c. 29 (An Act to repeal a certain Toll levied upon Fishing Vessels passing the Nore.)
  • Reserve Force Act 1859 c. 42 (An Act to provide for the Establishment of a Reserve Force of Men who have been in Her Majesty's Service.)
  • Roman Catholic Charities Act 1859 c. 50 (An Act further to continue the Exemption of certain Charities from the Operation of the Charitable Trusts Acts.)
  • Royal Naval Reserve (Volunteer) Act 1859 c. 40 (An Act for the Establishment of a Reserve Volunteer Force of Seamen, and for the Government of the same.)
  • Sale of Gas Act 1859 c. 66 (An Act for regulating Measures used in Sales of Gas.)
  • Savings Bank (Charitable Societies) Act 1859 c. 53 (An Act to enable Charitable and Provident Societies and Penny Savings Banks to invest all their Proceeds in Savings Banks.)
  • Supply Act 1859 c. 2 (An Act to apply the Sum of Seven Millions out of the Consolidated Fund to the Service of the Year One thousand eight hundred and fifty-nine.)
  • Universities (Scotland) Act 1859 c. 24 (An Act to remove Doubts as to Admission to the Office of Principal in the Universities of Scotland.)
  • Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act 1859 c. 19 (An Act to repeal Part of an Act passed in the Thirteenth Year of Elizabeth, Chapter Twenty-nine, concerning the several Incorporations of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and the Confirmation of the Charters, Liberties, and Privileges granted to either of them.)
  • Vexatious Indictments Act 1859 c. 17 (An Act to prevent Vexatious Indictments for certain Misdemeanors.)
  • Weights and Measures Act 1859 c. 56 (An Act to amend the Act of the Fifth and Sixth Years of King William the Fourth, Chapter Sixty-three, relating to Weights and Measures.)
  • Westminster Bridge Act 1859 c. 58 (An Act to empower the Commissioners of Her Majesty's Works and Public Buildings to acquire additional Space for the Western Approach to Westminster New Bridge.)

External links[edit]

  1. - Volume 80 - 3 & 4 Victoria - 1840 - different edition
  2. - 4 & 5 Victoria - 1841 - different edition
  3. - 5 & 6 Victoria - 1842 - different edition
  4. - 6 & 7 Victoria - 1843 - different edition
  5. - 7 & 8 Victoria - 1844 - different edition
  6. - 8 & 9 Victoria - 1845
  7. - 9 & 10 Victoria - 1846
  8. - 10 & 11 Victoria - 1847
  9. - 11 & 12 Victoria - 1847-8
  10. - Volume 89 - 12 & 13 Victoria - 1849 - different edition
  11. - 13 & 14 Victoria - 1850 - different edition - also
  12. - Volume 91 - 14 & 15 Victoria - 1851
  13. - 15 & 16 Victoria - 1852 - different edition
  14. - 16 & 17 Victoria - 1853
  15. - 17 & 18 Victoria - 1854
  16. - 18 & 19 Victoria - 1854-55 - also-