Fedlimid Rechtmar

Fedlimid Rechtmar ("the lawful, legitimate" or "the passionate, furious") or Rechtaid ("the judge, lawgiver"),[1] son of Tuathal Techtmar, was, according to medieval Irish legend and historical tradition, a High King of Ireland. His mother was Báine, daughter of Scál. He took power after killing his predecessor, and his father's killer, Mal mac Rochride.[2] He is said to have instituted the principle of an eye for an eye into Irish law, after which the behaviour of the Irish improved.[3] The completion of the road construction around Tara is attributed to him.[4] He ruled for nine or ten years before dying in his bed, and was succeeded by Cathair Mór. One of his sons, Conn Cétchathach, would succeed Cathair. Two other sons, Fiacha Suighe, ancestor of the Dal Fiachrach Suighe, and Eochaid Finn, are named in medieval sources.[5] The Lebor Gabála Érenn synchronises his reign with that of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (161–180). The chronology of Geoffrey Keating's Foras Feasa ar Éirinn dates his reign to 104–113, that of the Annals of the Four Masters to 110–119.[6]

Family tree

Fíachu Finnolach
Eithne Imgel
Tuathal Techtmar
Fedlimid Rechtmar
Conn Cétchathach
Eochaid Finn
Fiachra Suighe
Dal Fiachrach Suighe
Art mac Cuinn
Macnia mac Lugdach
Ailill Aulom
Conaire Cóem
Lugaid mac Con
Uí Néill
Dál Riata


  1. Dictionary of the Irish Language, Compact Edition, Royal Irish Academy, 1990, pp. 502, 503
  2. R. A. Stewart Macalister (ed. & trans.), Lebor Gabála Érenn: The Book of the Taking of Ireland Part V, Irish Texts Society, 1956, p. 331
  3. Geoffrey Keating, Foras Feasa ar Éirinn 1.40
  4. Alice Stopford Green, Making of Ireland and Its Undoing 1200-1600, Ayer Publishing, 1975, p. 42. ISBN 0-8369-6720-8.
  5. Reverend P. Power & Eleanor C. Lodge, The Life of St. Declan of Ardmore, Kessinger Publishing, 2004, p. 8. ISBN 1-4191-6980-7
  6. Annals of the Four Masters M110-119
Royal titles
Preceded by
Mal mac Rochride
High King of Ireland
LGE 2nd century AD
FFE AD 104–113
AFM AD 110–119
Succeeded by
Cathair Mór
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