Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
FUNERAL, n. In Sc. combs.: ‡1. funeral letter, an invitation by letter to a funeral (Ork., Inv., ne.Sc., Ags., Fif., m.Lth., Arg., Wgt., Kcb. 1953); 2. funeral tea, a particularly good high tea, such as is often given to mourners at a funeral (Ayr. 1952).
1. Ags. 1866 D. Mitchell Hist. Montrose Advts. 6:
Funeral Letters, and Book Work of every description, tastefully and expeditiously executed, at Moderate Prices. Kcb. 1899 Crockett Kit Kennedy xxvii.:
In the corner he found a “funeral letter.” Bwk. 1911 Hist. Bwk. Nat. Club XXI. 230:
The function of the latter [mort-bell] is now to some extent discharged by funeral letters.
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