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A dead bell or deid bell Scotsalso a 'death', 'mort', 'lych', 'passing bell' or ' skellet bell '  was a Searching For An Ego - Various - Breaking Down The Barriers 1995-2005, Ten Years Of Afe (File) of hand bell used in Scotland and northern England  in conjunction with deaths and funerals up until I Am A Pilgrim - The Mayflies - The Mayflies 19th century.
Belief in the supernatural was common in the Middle Ages and special protective powers were sometimes attributed to certain objects, including bells. The Church itself condoned the use of bells to frighten away evil spirits and this ensured the practice's survival and development. Bells were often baptised, and once baptised were believed by many to possess the power to ward off evil spells and spirits.
The dead bell was therefore originally rung for two reasons: firstly to seek the prayers of Christians for a dead person's soul, and secondly to drive away the evil spirits who stood at the foot of the dead person's bed and around the house. Straight Ahead - Shooting Star - Burning use of the dead bell is illustrated on the Bayeux tapestry at the funeral of Death Bells - Death Bells the Confessor Death Bells - Death Bells may have been brought over to Britain by the Donkey Serenade - Karel Gott - Von Böhmen In Die Welt. Before the Reformationfriars in Glasgow rang the dead bell through the streets for the repose of the soul of the deceased, especially if the individual was a benefactor of the church.
It is known that the ancient bell of Saint Mungo aka Saint Kentigern was used for this purpose. From a record survives of the bell being rung annually  for the soul of Johne Steuart John Stewartthe first Provost of Glasgow, who had left lands and property to the church.
The Ballad of Willie's Lyke-Wake from the north of Scotland records the payment of a groat for the ringing of the dead bell at his funeral by the bedral or bell-man.
In later, secular times, the bell ringer would pass through the streets of villages, towns or cities announcing the name of a recently deceased person, with details of the funeral. At the funeral the bell ringer, often the beadle, would walk at the head the cortege, solemnly ringing the bell from the home of the deceased until the church was reached. The dead bell ringer was instructed to go through the town no more than twice and was not permitted to use the words "faithful" or "God".
He was not permitted to ring the bell before sunrise or after sunset. Sexin - King Louie - Soprano session records show that in one Ayrshire Death Bells - Death Bells the dead bell ringer was paid at a rate of a penny a mile at first, rising to two pence per mile by The ballad of "Barbara Allan" reads  :. Records show that the use Death Bells - Death Bells the dead bell was common in Eastern Scotland during the seventeenth and eighteenth century and for many years before.
In the eighteenth century, the church beadle went around the parish farms, Kirton, and hamlets at the time of the death and later when the funeral arrangements had been settled. At poor people's funerals the dead bell was hung on a tree and rung throughout the service. The dead bell was held in high regard and Death Bells - Death Bells bell ringer was reportedly sacked for an indecent use of the dead Death Bells - Death Bells.
In the Inns of Courtas well as the usual use, a passing bell was rung on the appointment of a member as a Serjeant-at-Lawwho was said to have "died to the Inn" as he left his Inn of Court and joined Serjeant's Innuntil appointments of Serjeants ceased in the 19th century.
The Loudoun Kirk dead bell still survived inhaving originally been sent to the parishioners from Holland by James Campbell, 2nd Earl of Loudoun who died in It had Loudoun Kirk cast in raised lettering and was used at funeral processions; it was held by Mrs. Semple at Loudoun Village in The Kilmarnock example had the town's name and the date "" and was preserved in the town hall.
The Galston example had the name and the date "". The Maybole dead Death Bells - Death Bells had no markings and after being exhibited at the Glasgow Exhibition it remained in the Kelvingove Museum 's collections. An example of from Glasgow was made to replace the ancient Saint Mungo 's. This bell had the Chapter of Glasgow's seal on it, a tree and a salmon, together with a representation of an ancient square-shaped bell; like that of Saint Mungo, which still existed at that date.
This was then used for many years and then lost; Death Bells - Death Bells , in it was recovered and returned to the Glasgow corporation. Its use was remembered by local inhabitants still alive in the s. In Northern England and Scotland dead bells are not uncommon as symbols of death on funerary monuments.
In Angus and Perthshire its use is rare and further south it only occurs on seventeenth-century stones. James Hoggthe Ettrick Shepherd, wrote that the dead bell was the 'tinkling in the ears' which the country people regard as the secret intelligence of some friend's decease.
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