Category: DEATH PORTENTS.
Missing A Butt
Should a farmer in sowing wheat, or other kind of corn, or potatoes, or
turnips, miss a row or butt, it was a token of death.
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
The Corpse Bird Or Deryn Corph
This was a bird that came flapping its wings against the window of the
room in which lay a sick person, and this visit was considered a certain
omen of that person's death. The bird not only fluttered about the
lighted window, but ...
This bird's dismal and persistent screeching near an abode also foretold
the death of an inmate of that house.
Goose Or Hen Laying A Small Egg
This event also was thought to be a very bad omen, if not a sign of
Thirteen At A Table
Should thirteen sit at a table it was believed that the first to leave
would be buried within the year.
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...
Hen Laying Two Eggs In The Same Day
Should a hen lay two eggs in the same day, it was considered a sign of
death. I have been told that a hen belonging to a person who lived in
Henllan, near Denbigh, laid an egg early in the morning, and another
about seven o'clock p...
Cyhyraeth Death Sound
This was thought to be a sound made by a crying spirit. It was
plaintive, yet loud and terrible. It made the hair stand on end and the
blood become cold; and a whole neighbourhood became depressed whenever
the awful sound was hear...
A Cock Crowing In The Night
This, too, was thought to foretell a death, but whose death, depended on
the direction of the bird's head whilst crowing. As soon as the crowing
was heard someone went to ascertain the position of the cock's head, and
when it was s...