1) A rare term: the various meanings are all associated with a deceased person’s passing or funeral arrangements and it is on record from <i>c</i>.1205 (OED).

In the only example noted the passing bell was to be rung as the coffin was taken into the graveyard, as it was 'brought forth': 1592 desiring that my furthfare may be rung at every one of them [i.e the churches of Thornton, Gisburn and Gargrave] so soon as they know of my departure.

dates 1592

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