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from Ratho Kirk, near Edinburgh

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This bronze hand bell with a wooden handle is from Ratho Kirk near Edinburgh. It is dated 1695. Known as a 'deid-bell', it was rung to announce a death and was carried and rung before the coffin in the funeral procession.

Hand bell of Ratho Kirk, dated 1695

When death intruded into a home there were rituals to be followed. Familiar customs took the bereaved family and the wider community through the days to the burial and on into the mourning period.

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