Thank you very much for the comments.
Chin Cough... I suspected this might be whooping cough.
Half Baptised - that's very interesting (even if theologically unsound) - and I write
here in the new knowledge that I am a half-baptised person, as is my brother - the
officiant being my grandmother's brother - a Congregational minister. The register I
was looking at also notes the rebaptism of such persons, recording that a dissenting
minister had done the first baptism.
Your interesting link also gives "Interred = Buried without Christian rites – e.g.
Unbaptized persons or excommunicates." - which might explain another puzzling entry
which read "died and buried" - even in Lampeter it is not usual to bury the
living, but I now take this statement as a reference to an unbaptised person.
Coffin burials and Wool Burials. I looked up the Act you referred to. Apparently
(although repealed later in 1814) this was mostly ignored after 1770, which doesn't
fit the 1731 date. I think I will have another look at the status of the persons buried in
a coffin - you may well be right.
(Easy to tell at this time because the then VIcar used extra specially careful handwriting
when recording the BMDs of the crachach - kind of secret coding... I have come across 20th
century equivalents where Gypsies and Evacuees in school registers are coloured in red ink
and Church wardens, vicars and rich farmers getting carefully written/tidy entries in
From: John Ellis <tyke.taff(a)btinternet.com>
To: 'Jennifer Cairns' <jenmathias(a)gmail.com>; 'Dyfed Family History'
Sent: Saturday, 24 March 2012, 12:10
Subject: RE: [Dyfed] 18th C. Burial Terms
Chin cough: whooping cough or tussis convulsiva, mainly a disease of
childhood associated with a strange sounding cough which often brings on
vomiting. Synonyms: ching cough, pertussis, tussis convulsiva. (Tussis means
cough; a cough medicine is an antitussive.)
as a useful source
of old medical terms.
Half-baptized: A local term meaning ‘christened privately’ or not in
church. This was done by a parson in the house very soon after birth
because the baby was weak and not expected to live. If the child survived
however, it was then expected to ‘be received into the church’ at a ceremony
in the presence of the godparents and congregation. See:
The burial of the individual in a coffin. Could this have something to do
with "The Burial in Woollen Acts 1666-1680". These Acts were attempts to
protect the English Wool Trade, and required that all bodies should be
buried in Wool with the exception of those who died from the Plague. A Five
pound fine was imposed for burials which did not comply with the Acts. By
1814 the Acts were repealed. So perhaps if the individual was buried in a
coffin reflects their economic status?
From: dyfed-bounces(a)rootsweb.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On
Behalf Of Jennifer Cairns
Sent: 24 March 2012 11:18
To: Dyfed Family History
Subject: [Dyfed] 18th C. Burial Terms
Yesterday I came across two terms I hadn't seen before - in a Cardiganshire
1791 - 3 records of deaths from Chin Cough.
1743 - Anne a Bastard child of Herbert Lloyd and Mary Evan Hugh, was
privately and half baptised. (Other half baptisms mentioned)
I would appreciate any comments on Chin Cough and Half-baptisms.
This was also another interesting comment
1731 - the vicar was at pains to highlight the fact that the deceased was
buried in a coffin, and for several years afterwards highlighted coffin
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