The Dearly Departed


A reproduction of a painting of John Carlyle which hangs over the fireplace in the dining room at the Carlyle House. The original was sent to his home in Scotland. The portrait is draped in black for the funeral, as is the front door to the mansion (see the October 18th post).

There were a number of other deaths in the Carlyle House. Some were family members, some not. Some died from natural causes, some not. As for those things the Carlyle House tour guides won’t talk about… I’ll be talking about that tomorrow. Bring your garlic necklace, your crucifix and whatever else you have. It seems that some of the dead … just won’t stay dead.

4 Responses to The Dearly Departed

  1. Olivier says:

    on va etre pret pour demain….la tension monte…

    one will be ready for tomorrow….the tension goes up…

  2. Kate says:

    Good mornin’, Marie. Protect yourself: are garlic necklaces and crucifixes sufficient protection? How about something a little more lethal, or wouldn’t they work on spirits??

  3. mariemcc says:

    Olivier, be ready… and be careful!

    Helen, well, garlic works against vampires, crucifixes also work against vampires and evil spirits in general. I don’t really know what works against ghosts. Maybe they don’t like loud noises and that’s why screaming seems to work so well! 😀

  4. Louz says:

    I’m really enjoying what you’re doing here, the series on the Carlyle house and death in the 18th century. You had some very nice photos for the blessing of the animals too. Made me smile. 🙂

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