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Medieval Welsh Law and the Mid-Victorian Foreshore

Pryce, H. and Owen, J.G. (2014) Medieval Welsh Law and the Mid-Victorian Foreshore. The Journal of Legal History, 35 (2). pp. 172-199. DOI: 10.1080/01440365.2014.925179

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Abstract

In 1862 a text of medieval Welsh law, attributed to the tenth-century king Hywel Dda (Hywel the Good), was cited as part of the defence in a case, Attorney General v Jones, concerning disputed foreshore rights in Anglesey, north Wales. This article aims to explain why and how Welsh law, effectively abolished by the Acts of Union of 1536�43, was deployed as evidence in the case and how far this marked a readiness to accommodate the distinctive legal heritage of Wales within the framework of the nineteenth-century common law. As well as analysing the legal arguments presented, the article seeks to assess the broader significance of the case by setting it in the contexts of the Crown's increasingly vigorous claims to foreshores, the circumstances and attitudes of the real defendant, William Bulkeley Hughes, and antiquarian study of the medieval Welsh law-texts, including their use in previous mid-Victorian foreshore disputes.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Arts and Humanities > School of History, Welsh History and Archaeology
College of Business, Law, Education and Social Sciences > School of Law
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2015 03:49
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2015 02:56
ISSN: 0144-0365
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/3527
Identification Number: DOI: 10.1080/01440365.2014.925179
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
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