How ‘Wakes’ came about….

It all started back in the 1500’s.

Lead  cups were used to drink ale or whisky. 

The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days.. 

Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. 

They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather  around 

and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. 

Hence the custom; “holding a wake.

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