Ancient laws of Ireland: Din tectugad and certain other selected Brehon law tracts

H.M. Stationery Office, 1879

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Página cxlvi - But it hath been also said that with us the only ownership in bees is ratione soli, and the charter of the forest, which allows every freeman to be entitled to the honey found within his own woods, affords great countenance to this doctrine, that a qualified property may be had in bees, in consideration of the property of the soil whereon they are found.
Página cxviii - And every daughter, that possesseth an inheritance in any tribe of the children of Israel, shall be wife unto one of the family of the tribe of her father, that the children of Israel may enjoy every man the inheritance of his fathers.
Página cxviii - The Lord commanded my lord to give the land for an inheritance by lot to the children of Israel: and my lord was commanded by the Lord to give the inheritance of Zelophehad our brother unto his daughters. 3 And if they be married to any of the sons of the other tribes of the children of Israel...
Página clxiv - The only authoritative statement of right and wrong is a judicial sentence after the facts, not one presupposing a law which has been violated, but one which is breathed for the first time by a higher power into the judge's mind at the moment of adjudication.
Página clxiv - It is certain that, in the infancy of mankind, no sort of legislature, not even a distinct author of law, is contemplated or conceived of. Law has scarcely reached the footing of custom; it is rather a habit. It is, to use a French phrase, "in the air.
Página xlix - Institutions, and a few other parings of these two faculties. I have seen them where they kept school, ten in some one chamber, grovelling upon...
Página lv - Deirbhfine division, and went on to form the larfine and the Indfine, the After and the End Families. The essential principle of the system seems to me a distribution into fours. The fifth person in the Geilfine division I take to be the parent from whom the sixteen descendants spring, and it will be seen, from the proviso which I inserted above, that I do not consider his place in the organisation to have been ever changed. He appears to be referred to in the tracts as the Geilfine Chief. The interest...
Página clxxviii - ... cannot inherit the kingdom of heaven ; but it is believed that those who were thus justly cursed, on account of their cruelty, did soon suffer the penalty of their g"uilt under the avenging hand of God. For the very next year afterwards, that same king, rashly leading his army to ravage the country of the Picts, much against the advice of his friends, and particularly of Cuthbert, of blessed memory, lately ordained bishop (for the same year the king had made him bishop of Lindisfarne), he was...
Página xli - His bounden duty it was to recite publicly the whole law within the space to which the tenure of his office was limited. To him, too, all who were in need of a legal opinion, or of information as to what was and was not law, had a right to turn during the meeting of the Althing.
Página clxxvii - ... and to which one Irish prince at least led an expedition. We have another proof of this alliance against the Romanized Britons in the way in which Saxons were received at the schools of Ireland. The hostility of the two peoples appears to have first arisen in consequence of the quarrels between the Irish and Saxon Churches. Political causes helped to develop this hostility as soon as the Saxon dominion extended to the north of England, and the Saxon Kings of Northumbria came into direct contact...

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