(mess) n u, m.
(a) a counter-judgement; doubt,
apprehension: ci o morfrithmius (gl. quantoque de futuris
a valuation or estimate (? counter-valuation): ni mac
bradas finntiga | fine fri fod frithmeasa | munab neasa
fircoibneas | mathair athair in orba `it is not a son that
obtains the property of a tribe in ground to be valued unless
the title to the land be nearer to his mother than to his father'
Laws iv 44.3
, with gloss: .i. o fir-meisemnaigter fine maithri
beth a faitchius ris ib.
(where as usual in such glosses
frith- is equated with fír-); `a son does not take family land
even to land which is restorable to the fine'
Stud. in E. Ir. Law 150
there is caution as regards conflicting judgements (?)]. The
parallel passage in
H 3.18, p. 388a-b
): fri fot
frithmesa .i. cein mbes innfine ina mathar oc frith[t]omus
frisin mac, suggests that fot frithm. may be = sod of contested valuation, the ownership of which is open to question.
The gloss in Laws iv however suggests that `fod' here
belongs to 2 fót `watchfulness' and perh. the line means
roughly with (= when there is) caution lest the fine should
reverse the decision.