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75 the table would work we should ask who would be appointed as medical officer. As we sat round it touching it with our hands it began to knock. We said: "'Who are you?' "The table spelt out the name of a Bishop of the Church of Ireland. We asked, thinking that the answer was absurd, as we knew him to be alive and well: "'Are you dead?' "The table answered 'Yes.' "We laughed at this and asked: "'Who will be appointed to the dispensary?' "The table spelt out the name of a stranger, who was not one of the candidates, whereupon we left off, thinking that the whole thing was nonsense. "The next morning I saw in the papers that the Bishop in question had died that afternoon about two hours before our meeting, and a few days afterwards I saw the name of the stranger as the new dispensary doctor. I got such a shock that I determined never to have anything to do with table-turning again."’ Vengeful Ghosts [Back to Contents] Cecil Frances Alexander, The Legend of Stumpie’s Brae. Born Cecil Frances Humphrey (1818-95), in Dublin, she later married a Church of Ireland clergyman, William Alexander, who later became bishop of Derry. Cecil Alexander wrote the well-known children’s hymn ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’ and it is as a writer of children’s hymns that Alexander is perhaps best-known. Alexander also had an interest in local history and stories, and in ‘The Legend of Stumpie’s Brae’ she faithfully describes, in Scots idiom, the supernatural story of Stumpie’s Brae, which recounts the tale surrounding the naming of Stumpie’s Brae in Lifford, Co. Donegal. ‘The Legend of Stumpie’s Brae Heard ye no tell o’ Stumpie’s Brae? Sit doon, sit doon, young freen, I’ll mak yer flesh creep the day, An’ yer hair stan’ on enn.

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