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Welwod, Abridgement of all Sea Laws, 1613
An abridgement of all sea-laws; Gathered forth of all writings and monuments, which are to be found among any people or nation, upon the coasts of
the great ocean and Mediterranean Sea; And especially ordered and disposed for the use and benefit of all benevolent sea-farers, within his Majesties
dominions of Great Britain, Ireland, and the adjacent isles thereof: by William Welwod, 77p, London, pr. by Humphrey Lownes for Thomas Man, 1613. (A TOC
starts on p. 4. Lacks index. William Welwod {alt. Welwood}, fl. 1578-1622, was something of a polymath, being successively a professor of
mathematics and then of law at St. Andrews University. He is credited with the independent discovery of the principle of the siphon, for which he and another
received a patent in 1577. In 1590 he published his first maritime treatise The Sea Law of Scotland, Edinburgh, R. Waldegraue, which is considered to be
the earliest work on that subject. In the next few years he published a work of comparative law sketching the similarities between the Jewish and
Roman codes. This was followed by a work on legal procedure in the civil and ecclesiastical courts, and another on ecclesiastical privileges. The latter
work got him into trouble with the authorities, and his university position was abolished in retaliation. Having moved to London, in 1613 he published
the present work, in which he compares the ancient codes of Oléron and Wisby with the principles of the Roman civil code. In 1916 Welwod republished
a Latin version of that part of this work which relates to the question of maritime supremacy in which he upheld English claims to supremacy in the
narrow seas around Britain. This later work was entitled: De Domino Maris Juribusque ad Dominium praecipue spectantibus Assertio brevis et methodica.
This latter work was republished in the Hague in 1653, sparking a reply by the Dutch scholar Dirk Graswinkel entitled Maris liberi Vindiciae adversus G.
Welwodum Britannici maritime Dominii Assertorem. The print text of this title was scanned from Lincoln’s Inn Library pamphlet volume Cooper 1,
foliated pagination 1A to 43A.)
Title:   An abridgement of all sea-lawes : gathered forth of all writings and monuments which are to be found among any people or nation vpon the coasts of the great ocean and Mediterranean Sea : and specially ordered and disposed for the vse and benefit of all beneuolent sea-farers within His Maiesties dominions of Great Britanne, Ireland, and the adiacent isles thereof / by William Welvvod, professor of the ciuill lawe.
OCLC Number:   65321841
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