Cethairshlicht athgabálae ‘The four divisions of distraint’

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distraint in early Irish lawearly Irish law
distraint in early Irish law
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alias distress, Ir. athgabál, referring to the seizure of another person’s property in order to enforce a claim without having recourse to court procedures


Primary sources Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in entries for the relevant manuscripts. For historical purposes, early editions, transcriptions and translations are not excluded, even if their reliability does not meet modern standards.

[ed.] Binchy, D. A. [ed.], Corpus iuris Hibernici: ad fidem codicum manuscriptorum, 7 vols, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1978.  
The standard diplomatic edition of early Irish law texts, undertaken by D. A. Binchy and published in 7 volumes.
[ed.] [tr.] d'Arbois de Jubainville, Henri, Études sur le droit celtique, 2 vols, vol. 2, Cours de littérature celtique, 8, Paris, 1895.
Gallica: <link> Internet Archive: <link>, <link>, <link>, <link>
Edition of a large portion of the tract, when translation into French.
[ed.] [tr.] Hancock, W. Neilson, Thaddeus OʼMahony, Alexander George Richey, and Robert Atkinson [ed. and tr.], Ancient laws of Ireland, 6 vols, vol. 1: Senchus Mor, Stationery Office: Dublin, 1865.
Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive – originally from Google Books: <link>, <link>

Secondary sources (select)

Binchy, D. A., “Distraint in Irish law”, Celtica 10 (1973): 22–71.
Smith, Amy, “A note on Cethairṡlicht athgabálae”, Celtica 26 (2010): 161–170.  
On the meaning of the 'four divisions'.
C. A., Dennis Groenewegen
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