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Cite this: eDIL s.v. 1 fochla or dil.ie/22446
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Forms: ḟochlai, fochli, ḟochla, Fochla, fochla, fochlai, fochlu, fochla, -dha, fochlu

n io, n. g s. ind ḟochlai , AU 913 (i 428) . ind fochli , 821 . ind ḟochla , LL 134b31 . ind Fochla , AU 865. d s. usually fochla or fochlai, see exx. below; fochlu, LL 124b40 . BDD 74 Y (ḟocluí LU). Laws iv 338.15 . A compd. of fo + clé `left' Pedersen Vgl. Gr. i 68 , hence

I The North (cf. faitse, and W. gogledd `North,' ZCP xiv 323 ), esp. the North of Ireland: f.¤ an tuascert, Corm. Y 654 . a fochlai Erend ō Tuaig Inbir RC xiii 222.33 (= a tuaiscert lethe Erenn, O'Curry, MS. Mat. 473 ). Níal ind ḟ.¤ N. of the North Todd Nenn. 252 ( LL 134b31 ). ri Ulad ... hi cetlud rig Fochla (i.e. the king of Ailech), Ériu v 232.25 (i c. fri fochlai v.l.). roslat uile longportu Gall (.i. airir ind Fochla) etir cenel nEugain ┐ Dal nAraide, AU 865 . sloghedh la Flann ... isa f.¤ cor innred leis Ardd Macha, 881 (= isin F.¤ , AFM 879 ). sloghadh isin F.¤ la Donnchad, AU 770 . The name was also given to territories in N. Meath, see Hog. Onom., and in Clare, Top. Poems 112.5 (= Carney, Butler Poems 1377 ) and n . Cf. gaibthiut co firu fochlae i faitse, Rawl. 132a16 (= foichle hi foidse, Ériu iii 137.74 ).

II Transf.

(a) the seat of honour in a king's or chief's hall; perhaps an earlier use than the follg., pointing to a primitive arrangement like that in the old Icelandic house, where the seat of honour was in the middle of the northern bench facing south. Cf. Laws iv 338.15 (describing arrangement of a king's banqueting-hall): cuslennaigh ... a n-airt[h]iur ḟoitsi. isinn leth eliu a fochlu fénnid `his champion's seat' (`on the other side, in the north, a man at arms', MacNeill PRIA xxxvi C 16. 306 , see n . ib.; Plummer suggests reading: isin leth chliu a fochlu feinnid[a] `on the left is his champion's seat (MS. notes s.v.). Binchy, Críth G. 591 , prints: ailiu, i fochlu, which agrees with MacNeill's rendering, but compare the exx. of f.¤ feinneda below). i nairt[h]iur fochlai `on the east side of the champion's seat' ib. (= Críth G. 597 , `in the north-east' Vocab. s.v. airther). f.¤ nomen do suidhe na flatha, Corm. Y 656 . f.¤ didiu cach suidiu n-a[i]rechda, 698 . fochlu ... nomen primsuidhe ina himda, O'Dav. 841 (citing Corm. Y 698 , see (b) below). ar síul ar belaib fochlu .i. ar crann siu[i]l ┐ i n-airidhiu ib. f.¤ fó .i. suidhe flatha no tighearna, O'Cl. In older literature, however, the name seems to have been given not to the king's (or chief's) seat but to that of his champion or chief man at arms; hence generally called f.¤ fénneda (possibly in these exx. the word is of different origin; cf. 2 fochla). [f]ochla (féinneadh), IGT, Decl. § 2 (m.; n p. fochla, -dha). It seems to have been usually opposite the king's seat; dobrethsat póca do Choin Culainn ┐ rafucsat leo dond ḟochlai ḟennida, RC xiv 426x . ra innis [Cú Chulainn] do Chonchobur ┐ sé san ḟochlai ḟennida na ḟiadnaisi, LL 263b12 ( MU² 229 ; the pron. sé presumably refers to Cú Chulainn). dochonnairc C. raet rob ingnad leis isin tigh n-ola .i. ingen ... isin [ḟ]ochla ḟéinned, Acall. 3251 . isind fhoclúi féinnida in tige fri enech ríg isind leith anall BDD 74 U (ḟochlu Y). Later heroic romance speaks of more than one f.¤ fénneda: tainic Ferccus ┐ do thóccaibh [sic leg.] a arma os a chionn isin ḟ.¤ ḟeinnidh ┐ tainic M. isin f.¤ ḟeinnidh oile ar ionchaibh Ferccusa, ITS v 84.9 (cf. isin fochla thuaiscertach tige ib. 6 ). san f.¤ fheinned a n-imdaid na hursand ... san fh.¤ fheinned isan iar[sh]lis ar a n-agaid, Celt. Rev. i 296 . See also cit. from O'Cl. under 2 fochla. Cf. fuaim iar fochlu (= fame according to precedence in valour or dignity ? throughout the north ?) LL 124b40 (chev.). Fig. of a champion: fo fer Fergus ... f.¤ do rígaib mac Rosa, Celt. Rev. ii 20 . Cf. flaith .i. fochla, Thr. Ir. Gl. 19 ( LB 267a12 ). This not in Corm. Y or M, and is perhaps corrupt. In: fochlu .i. feinnidh, O'Dav. 841 , the latter word is probably gen. depending on fochlu.

(b) Incorrectly interpreted by glossators as the warrior's seat in a chariot ( Ériu xxi 94-98) : bátar sinde riadatar a fochlai fria faitsi .i. do suidhiu ind erred isin charput as nomen a fochlae, Corm. Y 698 s.v. gaire. O'Dav. 841 .