Ancient laws of Ireland, Volume 1

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William Neilson Hancock, Thaddeus O'Mahony, Alexander George Richey, William Maunsell Hennessy, Robert Atkinson
H.M. Stationery Office, 1865 - Ireland
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Page xv - A native himself of another country, he adopted the language of the Irish tribes, and conformed to their political institutions. By his judicious management, the Christianity which he founded became selfsupporting. It was endowed by the chieftains without any foreign aid. It was supplied with priests and prelates by the people themselves; and its fruits were soon seen in that wonderful stream of zealous missionaries, the glory of the Irish Church, who went forth in the sixth and seventh centuries,...
Page xlvii - To adopt the quarrels as well as the friendships of your parents and relations is held to be an indispensable duty. In their resentments, however, they are not implacable. Injuries are adjusted by a settled measure of compensation. Atonement is made for homicide by a certain number of cattle, and by that satisfaction the whole family is appeased...
Page 15 - Dubhthach was ordered to exhibit the judgments and all the poetry of Erin, and every law which prevailed among the men of Erin, through the law of nature, and the law of the seers, and in the judgments of the island of Erin, and in the poets.
Page 109 - He who does not give a pledge to fasting is an evader of all ; he who disregards all things shall not be paid by God or man.
Page xxxii - MacEgan, and whoever reads it let him offer a prayer of mercy for my soul. This is Christmas night, and on this night I place myself under the protection of the King of Heaven and Earth, beseeching that He will bring me and my friends safe through this plague, etc. Hugh (son of Conoe, son of Gillana-naeve, son of Dunslavey) MacEgan, who wrote this in his own father's book in the year of the great plague.
Page xv - He seems to have made himself ' all things,' in accordance with the apostolic injunction, to the rude and barbarous tribes of Ireland. He dealt tenderly with their usages and prejudices. Although he sometimes...
Page xlv - At the end of the delay in pound the forfeiting time ('lobadh") began to run, during which the distress became forfeited at the rate of three ' seds ' per day until entirely forfeited. If the entire value of the distress thus forfeited was exactly equal to the original debt and the subsequent expenses, the debt was liquidated: if it was less than this, a second distress was taken for t he difference ; and if more, the overplus was returned.
Page 15 - What did not clash with the Word of God in the written law and in the New Testament, and with the consciences of the believers, was confirmed in the laws of the Brehons by Patrick and by the ecclesiastics and the chieftains of Erin ; for the law of nature had been quite right, except the faith, and its obligations and the harmony of the church and the people. And this is the Senchus Моr.
Page 39 - The world would be in a state of confusion if verbal contracts were not binding.' ' There are three periods at which the world dies : the period of a plague, of a general war, of the dissolution of verbal contracts.