[kawr-uh-nuhkh, kor-]

A coronach (also written coranich, corrinoch, coranach, cronach, etc.) is the lamentation or dirge for the dead which accompanied funerals in the Highlands of Scotland and in Ireland. It can be a choral lament or a funereal song sung or shrieked by Celtic women. Though observers have reported hearing such songs in Ireland or in the Scottish Highlands, no such songs have been recorded. The Scottish border ballad The Bonny Earl of Murray is supposedly composed in the tradition of the coronach.


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