Irish Brehon Laws

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= historical Irish Land Commons

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Antonia Malchik:

"In Ireland from before the 7th century (when they were first written down) to the 17th, Brehon laws served a similar purpose, with entire septs or clans owning and distributing land until invading English landlords carved up the landscape, stripped its residents of ancestral systems and tenancy rights, and established their estates with suppression and violence. The Scottish historian Andro Linklater examines variations on these collective ownership systems in detail in his 2013 book, Owning the Earth." (https://aeon.co/essays/is-it-time-to-upend-the-idea-that-land-is-private-property?)