Category: DEATH PORTENTS.
A Raven's Croaking
A raven croaking hoarsely as it flew through the air became the angel of
death to some person over whose house it flew. It was a bird of ill
Stopping Of A Clock
The unaccountable stopping of the kitchen clock generally created a
consternation in a family, for it was supposed to foretell the death of
one of the family.
Tale Of A Corpse Candle
My informant told me that one John Roberts, Felin-y-Wig, was in the habit
of sitting up a short time after his family had retired to rest to smoke
a quiet pipe, and the last thing he usually did before retiring for the
night was to ...
Should any person bring heather into a house, he brought death to one or
other of the family by so doing.
Another Tale Of A Doctor
I received the following tale from the Rev. Philip Edwards, formerly
curate at Selattyn, near Oswestry:--
There was, or perhaps is--for my informant says he believes the lady is
still alive--in a place called Swyddffynnon, Cardiga...
The Dog's Howl
A dog howling on the doorsteps or at the entrance of a house also
foretold death. The noise was that peculiar howling noise which dogs
sometimes make. It was in Welsh called yn udo, or crying.
This is a sound, like the ticking of a watch, made by a small insect. It
is considered a sign of death, and hence its name, Death Watch.
A working man's wife, whose uncle was ill in bed, told the writer, that
she had no hopes of ...
The Corpse Candle--canwyll Corph
The corpse candle, or canwyll corph, was a light like that of a candle,
which was said to issue from the house where a death was about to occur,
and take the course of the funeral procession to the burial place. This
was the usual ...
This bird's dismal and persistent screeching near an abode also foretold
the death of an inmate of that house.
Lledrith Spectre Of A Person
This apparition of a friend has in the Scotch wraith, or Irish fetch its
counterpart. It has been said that people have seen friends walking to
meet them, and that, when about to shake hands with the approaching
person, it has vani...