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  • He says there are several of his old parishioners who remember when the village had its bar-guest, or bar-ghost -- a spirit supposed to belong to a town or village, and to predict any impending misfortune by midnight shrieks and wailings.

    Bracebridge Hall, or The Humorists Washington Irving 1821


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  • A ghost, all in white with large saucer eyes, commonly appearing near gates or styles; there called bars. - old Yorkshire provincial term.

    May 2, 2011