n.1.(Law) A law made by husbandmen respecting rural affairs; a rustic or local law or by-law.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Rather, Goodare is interested in showing the processes that grow up around both national institutions, such as Parliament, the Privy Council, and the Court of Sessions, and local ones, like the baronial, burgh, and birlaw courts, and he demonstrates how the larger political community interacted with these.
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