Article eighteen of the Treaty of Union between England and Scotland provided that the laws of the customs and excise should be the same in both countries, so that the legislation for England after the union in 1707 applied to Scotland.3
Legislation for Ireland by the English Parliament was passed as early as 1719. By the Act of 6 Geo. I, c. XXI, jurisdiction was taken over the hovering vessel for two leagues from the coast.4 Generally speaking, the various acts of Parliament passed during the eighteenth and the nineteenth centuries applied to Ireland, unless they provided otherwise.
By the Act of 4 Geo. III, c. XV, section XXXIII ( 1764),5 any vessel, British or foreign, hovering within two leagues of the coasts of any British colony or terri____________________