Cairpre (Corpre) Lifechair
Cairpre is said to have succeeded to the kingship of Tara after the abdication of his father; Middle Irish lists accord him a reign of seventeen or twenty-seven years. The importance accorded to him, as the doctrine of Tara kingship took shape, is illustrated by the dialogue ‘Tecosca Cormaic’, in which he is advised by his father concerning the qualifications for kingship. Credited with many battles, in Middle Irish literature he is associated with the bóruma (cattle-tribute), levied by the kings of Tara on the Laigin, which he supposedly remitted after his defeat by Find (qv) son of Cumall. Cairpre is said to have been slain by a king of the Fothairt in the battle of Gabair. His relevance to history lies in his alleged ancestral role.