(Ireland, historical) A judge or lawgiver in ancient Celtic Ireland.
Origin of brehon
From Irishbreitheamh (“judge”), from Old Irish breithem, from breth (“judgment”).
Brehon Sentence Examples
No Brehon had any fixed territorial jurisdiction.
For the peculiar social conditions with which the Christian missionary would be confronted in Ireland see Brehon Laws and Ireland: Early History.
The AngloIrish word "Brehon" is derived from the Gaelic word Brethem (= judge).
What remains of it occupies the first, second, and a portion of the third of the volumes produced by the Brehon Law Commission, which was appointed in 1852.
In the 1st century of the Christian era, when Conchobhar or Conor Mac Nessa was king of Ulster, a crisis was reached, the result of which was that no man was allowed to act as Brehon until he had studied the full law course, which occupied twenty years, and had passed a rigorous public examination.