4th September 1417 - Bishop Hallam dies. Bishop's Birds seen.

Bishops birds - seen at time of death of a bishop of salisbury, possiblyOn 4 Sep 1417, Bishop Hallam died (birds???)

The ‘The Rough Guide to Unexplained Phenomena’ includes this passage:

The see of Salisbury is not an heriditary post, but its incumbent inherits a death omen. When a Bishop of Salisbury is dying, white birds of an unusual kind are seen on Salisbury Plain. Katherine Wiltshire describes the: "They are large birds like albatrosses, with dazzling white wings which do not move as they fly" The first recorded incident was in 1414. The Bishop of Salisbury died abroad, attending the Council of Constance. A great flock of strange white birds descended in the roof of the hall where he lay in state and stayed all night making harsh noises. It was called "a great sign of the birds"[1].

Footnotes and references

[1] The Rough Guide to Unexplained Phenomena By John Michell, Bob Rickard, Robert J. M. Rickard Page 250 URL: https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=veXrRCyr1-EC&lpg=PA250&ots=X6hUeVA3Sz&dq=bishops%20birds%20white%20unexplained&pg=PA250#v=onepage&q=bishops%20birds%20white%20unexplained&f=false

Image

Pic: is a Northern Royal Albatross (Diomedea sanfordi), taken by JJ Harrison (jjharrison89@facebook.com) (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons