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Brueria

Brueria Brueria Definition In old English law. A heath ground; ground where heath grows. Also Called Bruarium, Bruera or Bruerum. Notes and References This definition of Brueria is based on The Cyclopedic Law Dictionary .

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Witness

Witness

Introduction to Witness

Witness, in law, in the United Kingdom and the United States, a term used to designate either a person who testifies or gives evidence in a judicial or quasi-judicial proceeding or someone who attests to or is present at the execution of a legal instru…

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Witenagemot

Witenagemot

Introduction to Witenagemot

Witenagemot (Old English, "meeting of the wise men"), assembly of councillors in Anglo-Saxon England that met to advise the king of judicial and administrative matters. Originally a gathering of all the freemen of a tribe, it eventual…

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William Murray

Murray William 1st Earl of Mansfield

Introduction to William Murray

William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield (1705-1793), British jurist. Murray was known as a fair and scrupulous representative of the law. He was born in Scone, Scotland, and went to England at the age of 14. Educated a…

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William Blackstone

William Blackstone

Introduction to William Blackstone

Sir William Blackstone (1723-1780), British jurist and legal scholar, whose work Commentaries on the Laws of England was used for more than a century as the foundation of all legal education in Great Britain and the United States….

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Tudors

British Political and Social Thought: Division of Power Under the Tudors

Introduction to Tudors

In the 16th century the ruling Tudor monarchy increased the level of cooperation among royalty, local aristocrats, and wealthy merchants. Although the Tudors maintained their belief in the…

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Treason

Treason in English Law

Introduction to Treason

Two grades of treason existed in early English law: high treason, which was directed against the Crown, and petty treason, which consisted of a crime against a subject, such as a wife killing her husband, or a servant murdering his maste…

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Thomas Littleton

Littleton Sir Thomas

Introduction to Thomas Littleton

Thomas Littleton (1422-1481), English jurist and writer, born in Frankley Manor House, Worcestershire. He was a well-known counsel at law in 1445 and served as recorder of Coventry in 1450. He became a justice of common pleas in 1…

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Thomas Hobbes

British Political and Social Thought: Thomas Hobbes

Introduction to Thomas Hobbes

The political and constitutional crisis of the 17th century produced two of the most important figures in the history of British political thought. The first, philosopher Thomas Hobbes, challenged the a…

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Thomas Erskine

Erskine Thomas 1st Baron Erskine of Restormel

Introduction to Thomas Erskine

Thomas Erskine (1750-1823), British statesman and noted advocate, who at various times successfully defended the principles of freedom of the press, trial by jury, and the right to select one's own couns…

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