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

H.M. Stationery Office, 1879

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Página cxlv - 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 cxvii - 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 cxvii - 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 clxxvii - Those islanders, to the utmost of their power, repelled force with force, and imploring the assistance of the Divine mercy, prayed long and fervently for vengeance ; and though such as curse cannot possess the kingdom of God, it is believed, that those who were justly cursed on account of their impiety, did soon suffer the penalty of their guilt from the avenging hand of God ; for the very next year, that same king, rashly leading his army to ravage the province of the...
Página clxiii - 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 clxiii - 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 cxliv - Ferae igitur bestiae et volucres et pisces, id est omnia animalia quae in terra, mari, caelo nascuntur, simulatque ab aliquo capta fuerint, jure gentium statim illius esse incipiunt. Quod enim ante nullius est, id naturali ratione occupanti conceditur. Nee interest feras bestias et volucres utrum in suo fundo quisque capiat an in alieno.
Página clxxvii - Ireland, miserably wasted that harmless nation, which had always been most friendly to the English ; insomuch that in their hostile rage they spared not even the churches or the monasteries. The islanders to the utmost of their power repelled force with force...
Página clxxvi - ... 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...
Página clxxix - ... the tribe, individuals held exclusive property in land, and entered into relations with tenants for the use of the land, and these again with under-tenants, and so on, much as we see it in our own days. Now these relations constitute the first test of rank or condition. The Flaith, — a word which in some sense may be translated the Lord, or Nobleman, — was distinguished by being the absolute owner (within his tribe) of land for which he paid no rent ; so that, if a man possessed but a single...

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