Dennis wrote this in 1997:
Fergus Kelly notes that the first sentence of the "Uraicecht Becc"
states that judgment in Fe/nechas (Irish Law) is founded on "fi/r"
(truth), "dliged" (right) and "aicned" (nature).
He also says, "According to the "Senchas Ma/r" text "Co/rus Be/scnai",
the Irish people were governed by the law of nature ("recht n-aicnid")
until the coming of Patrick. The poet Dubthach maccu Lugair is said
to have supplied the details of this law to Patrick who eliminated
from it all those elements which were contrary to Christian doctrine.
Consequently, the Irish people were thereafter subject to two laws:
the law of nature and the law of the letter ("recht litre"), i.e.
Any idea what 'recht n-aicnid', the law of nature, actually was? Is it
human nature/mind? Or the law of the natural world, ('nature' in the modern
sense)? Or something else?
I am trying to get a sense of what exactly "aicned" means in the triad "Trí
caindle forosnat cach ndorcha: fír, aicned, ecna." "Three candles that
illuminate every darkness: truth, nature, knowledge" if 'aicned' has the
semantic range of 'essence, nature, natural law, mind, thought'.