from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A dirge; a lamentation for the dead. The custom of singing dirges at funerals was formerly prevalent in Scotland and Ireland, especially in the Highlands of Scotland.

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  • noun See coranach.

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  • noun historical (Scotland, Ireland) dirge, lamentation

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  • noun a song or hymn of mourning composed or performed as a memorial to a dead person


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From Scottish Gaelic corranach and Irish corānach.


  • This is the Scottish Lowland "coronach," characteristic and expressive as the wailing of the pipes to the Gael or the keening of women among the wild Eirionach.

    Bog-Myrtle and Peat Tales Chiefly of Galloway Gathered from the Years 1889 to 1895

  • Through.] [Footnote 6: A coronach is a funeral song or lamentation, from the

    The Early Poems of Alfred Lord Tennyson

  • Two or three women sate under the gallows, who seemed to be mourning, and singing the coronach of the deceased in a low voice.

    A Legend of Montrose

  • If she permitted her eye to glance farther into futurity, it was but to anticipate that she must be for many a day cold in the grave, with the coronach of her tribe cried duly over her, before her fair-haired Hamish could, according to her calculation, die with his hand on the basket-hilt of the red claymore.

    Chronicles of the Canongate

  • “Naihah” more generally “Naddábah” Lat. præfica or carina, a hired mourner, the Irish “Keener” at the conclamatio or coronach, where the Hullabaloo, Hulululu or

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • The instant the distant wail of the coronach was heard proceeding from the attendants on the funeral barge, all the subordinate sounds of lamentation were hushed at once, as the raven ceases to croak and the hawk to whistle whenever the scream of the eagle is heard.

    The Fair Maid of Perth

  • She was roused from her stupor at length by female voices, which cried the coronach, or lament for the dead, with clapping of hands and loud exclamations; while the melancholy note of a lament, appropriate to the clan Cameron, played on the bagpipe, was heard from time to time.

    Chronicles of the Canongate

  • The coronach was again, and for the last time, shrieked as the body was carried into the interior of the church, where only the nearest relatives of the deceased and the most distinguished of the leaders of the clan were permitted to enter.

    The Fair Maid of Perth

  • There shall never be coronach cried, or dirge played, for thee or thy bloody wolf-burd.

    Chronicles of the Canongate

  • Farewell to you for a while, and if you will go to the top of the Tom an Lonach behind the house, you will see a gallant sight, and hear such a coronach as will reach the top of Ben

    The Fair Maid of Perth


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  • "Mrs. Gwilty was, she explained, showing her niece the way of a proper coronach.

    'And a fine job of work you will make of it between you, I am sure," Jamie said politely.

    Mrs. Gwilty sniffed, and gave her niece a disparaging look.

    'Mmphm,' she said. 'A voice like a bat farting, but she is the only woman left of my family, and I shall not live forever.'"

    —Diana Gabaldon, A Breath of Snow and Ashes (New York: Bantam Dell, 2005), 345

    January 31, 2010

  • Haha!

    January 31, 2010

  • New fashion in grief hearkens back

    To mournful cries our tongues now lack.

    Our keening falls mute

    So pipes substitute

    To lament our loss in shrill coronach.

    May 31, 2015