mortcloth


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mortcloth

(ˈmɔːtˌklɒθ)
n
1. a funeral cloth spread over a coffin
2. a payment for the hire of a funeral cloth or pall
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It was common at the rime for a death to be recorded more than once: the death, the burial, and the hire of the mortcloth - a pall used to cover the coffin on its way to the grave - might all be recorded separately.
Further, his care strained the parish relief funds, normally made up of voluntary donations, incidental revenues from rentals of items like pre-burial winding sheets ('mortcloths') and the interest on bequests or 'mortifications'.