Cite this: eDIL s.v. bóaire or dil.ie/6204

n (bó + 3 aire) lit. cow-noble, stock-master, stock-owner: Bairche boare Rossa R., . . . habitabat frequenter cum pecoribus suis, Trip. 422.13 . a tigh Blaithmaic boaire, Acall. 7432. B. . . . boaire Cormaic, Dinds. 113.

In Laws lowest of the three ancient divisions of rank in Irish law, rí, aire febe, b.¤ `corresponding roughly to . . . `king, lord and commoner', Críth G. p. 98. See Mac Neill, Law of Status, PRIA xxxvi (1923) C 267 . The b.¤ belongs to the grád Ḟéne as opposed to the aire febe who belongs to the grád ḟlatha , Laws v 290.14 - 16 Comm. Here grád Ḟéne denotes plebeian as opposed to noble rank of the grád ḟlatha (cf. Críth Gabl. loc. cit.). In a later seven-fold division the b.¤ is second lowest in rank of seven grades of the grád túaithe or `laymen grades,' Críth G. 10 , p. 98 , 99 . The b.¤ was originally the sole grade of the `commoners,' or freeholders recognized by Law, p. 77 , 98 , 99 . The mruigḟer ` farmer ' must be regarded as the ordinary b.¤ , p. 78 . The fodlai bóaireach `divisions' of the b., 16 - 18 , consisting of eight grades, in reality seven acc. to Binchy, who comprise the grád Ḟéne are a later development, p. 99 . The name b.¤ is translated ` noble of kine ' by MacNeill, loc. cit.; the compiler of Críth Gabl. understands that his status comes from his property in cattle: is dia búaib direnar, 329 ; Binchy prefers Thurneysen's suggstion that the name comes from the `bés' or annual food-rent of a cow paid by the b.¤ for a fief of stock, Laws ii 260.10 , see Críth G. p. 77 and Laws v 392.1 . The b.¤ is described as a man of hereditary property, with land to the extent of (the grazing of) ten cows: bo aire .i. fer selba bunaid, cona inud . . . do tir .x. mba lais, Laws iv 350.17 Comm. ingen in bo-airech, v 286.2 .i. in airi ac-a mbitt ba deach, 290.1 Comm. techta fuillema gill bo cach bo-airech ┐ cach occ-aireach: .iii. bae i cet-dithim a mbo side . . . bo i muin cacha bo otha suidiu, v 402.31 . turcreic bo cona timtach tricha set, cenmotha seotu turcluide. Is e bes foloing boaire in sein, ii 260.10 . Of marriage contracts between children of the Féne grade (sc. the b.¤ ) and those of the Flaith grade (sc. the aire feibe), see v 290. 14-16 Comm. : is mo dlegar cethra do bo-airib oldas do airechuib ḟeibi, 286.6 . fo-suididter in ben lethda[i]m in fir . . .: Mad ben boairech, fo-suidithter ocairig; mad ben airech desa, fo-suidithear boairig, Stud. in E. Ir. Law 51 § 24. techta fuillema gill aicde airgit cach bo-airech for cuic dairtib direnar, Laws v 396.8 . fo-suidither (leg. fo-suidethar, ed.) boairi(g) an aile one `b.¤' entertains another, Stud. in E. Ir. Law 42 § 20. fosaigidh in boaire in mboairigh aile, Laws ii 380.16 Comm. fer fothlai . . . is é remibí bóairechaib insin, arindí fotlen a bóairechas di thaurchreic céile, Críth G. 249. na seagar im tellach mbo-aireach ach tri haidche bede cora la thuaith (glossed . . . bo-aire ar briugaid sin, 440.7 Comm. ), Laws v 438.23 . cateat fodlai bóaireach? Dá ḟer midboth(a) ┐ óccaire ┐ aithech arathreba a deich ┐ b.¤ febsa ┐ m(b)ruigḟer ┐ fer fothlai ┐ aire coisring, Críth G. 16 - 18 . fodla febe tra: . . . mbruigḟear ┐ boairi tanaisi ┐ ogairi tuisi (glossed . . . taisech na n-ogaireach in boaire is taire, 80.11 Comm. ), Laws v 78.25 . rāidem fēne fírfodlaib / . . . / midbothaig, trí ōcairig, trí bōairig būain, ZCP v 499 § 6. ro saig set clithair enech bo-airech co ruicce cumal n-uinge, no boin nu-da-criad, Laws v 392.1 . dar ferunn in boaire .i. teora foirge ┐ urchar flescaidh, iv 126.10 Comm. acht certorba mboairech (glossed: acht mad ferann in boairech . . . .i. tir .iiii.ri .uii. cumal ro bui oc an boairig is ferr and), Stud. in E. Ir. Law 155.3 . cele tesbaidh do cach gradh . . . bo do bo-eirigh, Laws i 58.7 Comm. b.¤ febsa . . . ar is di búaib atá a airechas ┐ a eneclann, Críth G. 152. ? b.¤ gensa (see genas): mrugḟer . . . is é b.¤ réire breithe, b.¤ gensa, co cach inchruth a thige inna áttaib córaib, Críth G. 172. b.¤ medónach used of a person who represents the túath or the kin in dealings with a person outside them, or who carries out a seizure of property legally due to the túath or the kin from a person outside. In these external dealings he has the rank of a bóaire though he may have the rank of aire túise in internal dealings: dobeir cenel a slan na n-aidbhean .i. in tan nach biadh tobach. Boaire medonach sin ┐ is edh gabus do laimh, dul tar ceann na tuaithe re cach nduine amach ┐ dul re laimh im cach ní dlighfit amuigh do tobach doibh, ZCP xviii 380. 18 - 21 . (nasgaire) duine teit a nasgairecht . . . etir a fine (sic leg.) budein tall ┐ dara cend amach. Ma gabait a fine é budein a trebaire re laim, a[s] greim airech taisi gabus re a lucht fira itira fine budein tall ┐ greim boairech is ferr gabus tara cend immach, i-lleth re anfine sin, Cóic Con. 32 § 29.