This early work constitutes a comprehensive study of Ireland s indigenous system of law. Brehon Law survived in Ireland until the 17th century when it was finally supplanted by the English common law. Brehon law was first transcribed in the 7th century, but had existed long before in the form of customs that were passed down the generations in the oral tradition. Ginnell s handbook is a fascinating read that is thoroughly recommended for inclusion on the bookshelf of any legal or social historian, and all those that are interested in the history of the Emerald Isle. Comprise Contents Include: Ancient Law; existing remains of Irish Law; The Senchus M r; Legislative Assemblies; Classification of Society; The Law of Distraining; Criminal Law; Leges Minores; Native, not Roman; Conclusion. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.