Piracy Act 1721[1]
Act of Parliament
Long titleAn Act for the more effectual suppressing of Piracy
Repealed5 November 1993
Other legislation
Repealed byStatute Law (Repeals) Act 1993
Relates toPiracy Act 1837
Status: Repealed
Text of statute as originally enacted
Text of the Piracy Act 1721 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from legislation.gov.uk.

The Piracy Act 1721 (c.24) was an Act of the Parliament of Great Britain.

The long title and preamble of the Act were:

An Act for the more effectual suppressing of Piracy. Whereas the number of persons committing piracies, felonies, and robberies upon the seas is of late very much increased, and notwithstanding the laws already made and now in being, many idle and profligate persons have turned pirates, and betaken themselves to that wicked course of life, whereby the trade and navigation into remote parts will greatly suffer unless some further provision be speedily made for bringing such persons and all others who shall be any ways aiding and assisting, or in confederacy with them, to condign punishment:

Parts of the Act were superseded by the Piracy Act 1837.

All remaining parts of the Act were repealed on 5 November 1993 by the Statute Law (Repeals) Act 1993.

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  1. ^ The citation of this Act by this short title was authorised by the Short Titles Act 1896, section 1 and the first schedule. Due to the repeal of those provisions it is now authorised by section 19(2) of the Interpretation Act 1978.