(royal gift) originated as a grant of £600 p.a. by Charles II to augment the salaries of Irish presbyterian ministers in 1672 when he was trying to win support for his Declaration of Indulgence. It was revived by William III, who increased it to £1,200 p.a., but was much disliked by high Anglicans as breaching the principle that only the Church of England should have support from the state. The regium donum became a significant precedent when Pitt's government decided in 1795 to support the training of Irish catholic priests.
Subjects: British History — European History.