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Welsh Folk Lore - Death Portents.

Another Tale Of A Doctor
I received the following tale from the Rev. Philip Edwards,...

The Corpse Bird Or Deryn Corph
This was a bird that came flapping its wings against the wi...

A Crowing Hen
This bird, too, is supposed to indicate the death of an inm...

A Cock Crowing In The Night
This, too, was thought to foretell a death, but whose death...

The Corpse Candle--canwyll Corph
The corpse candle, or canwyll corph, was a light like that ...

Tale Of A Corpse Candle
My informant told me that one John Roberts, Felin-y-Wig, wa...

Spectral Funerals Or Drychiolaeth
This was a kind of shadowy funeral which foretold the real ...

Cyhyraeth Death Sound
This was thought to be a sound made by a crying spirit. It...

Lledrith Spectre Of A Person
This apparition of a friend has in the Scotch wraith, or Ir...

Tolaethdeath Rapping Or Knocking
The death rappings are said to be heard in carpenters' work...

A Raven's Croaking
A raven croaking hoarsely as it flew through the air became...

The Owl
This bird's dismal and persistent screeching near an abode ...

A Solitary Crow
The cawing of a solitary crow on a tree near a house indica...

The Dog's Howl
A dog howling on the doorsteps or at the entrance of a hous...

Missing A Butt
Should a farmer in sowing wheat, or other kind of corn, or ...

Stopping Of A Clock
The unaccountable stopping of the kitchen clock generally c...

_ Goose Flying Over A House
This unusual occurrence prognosticated a death in that hous...

Goose Or Hen Laying A Small Egg
This event also was thought to be a very bad omen, if not a...

Hen Laying Two Eggs In The Same Day
Should a hen lay two eggs in the same day, it was considere...

Thirteen At A Table
Should thirteen sit at a table it was believed that the fir...

Should any person bring heather into a house, he brought de...

Death Watch
This is a sound, like the ticking of a watch, made by a sma...

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 take a peep into the night. One evening, whilst peering
around, he saw in the distance a light, where he knew there was no house,
and on further notice he observed that it was slowly going along the road
from Bettws-Gwerfil-Goch towards Felin-y-Wig. Where the road dipped the
light disappeared, only, however, to appear again in such parts of the
road as were visible from John Roberts's house. At first Roberts thought
that the light proceeded from a lantern, but this was so unusual an
occurrence in those parts that he gave up this idea, and intently
followed the motions of the light. It approached Roberts's house, and
evidently this was its destination. He endeavoured to ascertain whether
the light was carried by a man or woman, but he could see nothing save
the light. When, therefore, it turned into the lane approaching
Roberts's house, in considerable fear he entered the house and closed the
door, awaiting, with fear, the approach of the light. To his horror, he
perceived the light passing through the shut door, and it played in a
quivering way underneath the roof, and then vanished. That very night
the servant man died, and his bed was right above the spot where the
light had disappeared.

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