Definition of Poynings' Law in English:

Poynings' Law


  • Either of the Irish statutes 10 Hen. VII. c. 4, whereby bills could not be introduced into the Irish parliament without first being certified and approved by the English sovereign, and 10 Hen. VII. c. 22, declaring that all existing English statutes were of force in Ireland, passed at Drogheda in 1494–5 during Poynings' period of service as Lord Deputy, and effectively subordinating the Irish parliament to the English Crown; also called Statute of Drogheda.


Early 17th century; earliest use found in Francis Bacon (1561–1626), lord chancellor, politician, and philosopher.