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  • noun Plural form of brehon.


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  • "Bards and brehons, princes and nobles, and chiefs of Erin, Enda has proved himself a battle champion, and who amongst you now will dare gainsay his right to claim my daughter for his bride?"

    The Golden Spears And Other Fairy Tales

  • Then came the brehons, the great judges of the land, and the chief bards of the high court of Tara, and the Druids, crowned with oak leaves, and carrying wands of divination in their hands.

    The Golden Spears And Other Fairy Tales

  • He would tell him tales of Ireland when brehons made the laws and bards and harpers roved the green hills.


  • And on his throne, surrounded by his Druids, his brehons, and his bards, was the king of Erin, and at his feet sat the lovely Lady Mave.

    The Golden Spears And Other Fairy Tales

  • That is to say, when he found a likely subject for the ministry, especially amongst the youthful bards or brehons, he took him into his own missionary train, wrote a catechism of Christian doctrine for him, and then handed him over to one of his clerics to be instructed in the Ordo of the Mass and the administration of the sacraments.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 1: Aachen-Assize

  • Cromwell, and of William, it is unnecessary to mention that the entire social fabric of Gaeldom fell with them, and amongst other things the colleges of the bards and brehons, which had existed, often on the same spot and in possession of the same land, for over a thousand years.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent

  • For this purpose he selected the leading men — chiefs, brehons, bards — men likely to attract the respect of the people, and these, after little training, and often with little education, he had ordained.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent

  • In Meath was Tara "of the kings", the palace of the Ard-righ, whither came the chieftains and princes, the bards and brehons of Erin.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • And he sat him there about the hour of five o'clock to administer the law of the brehons at the commission for all that and those parts to be holden in and for the county of the city of Dublin.


  • Before the high King his suitors gave testimony and his brehons pleaded, and Concobar in each case pronounced judgment, clearly and intelligently, briefly and concisely, with learning and with equity.

    The Coming of Cuculain


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