Does anyone know what the meaning of a 'Baarkint' is? This entry shows the burial of a child of Machtelt Willemsz, living at Achterom, I think. Thanks in advance.
A 'baarkind' or, as it is spelled here, 'baerkint' is a young child deceased between the ages of 1 and 11 years old, burried without a coffin, but was carried to the grave on a 'baar' (in English 'bier'). Another expression often used was 'armkind' ('arm child'), which was often used when a newborn baby that was deceased before it's first anniversary was carried to the grave on the arm of his parent.
Thank you! That's fascinating. I had read somewhere (perhaps Aglionby?) that the 'buurt' /neighbors were required to help with the preparation of the body, which was wrapped in 'winding cloths' and that young people would be carried on biers scented with herbs and flowers in a procession to the church, where the burial would take place. Afterward the family would provide drinks and food according to their socio-economic level. Now I wonder if they made such processions with coffins. Aglionby was a British tourist who remarked on things he found unusual or out of the ordinary, but he described them as if they were the general custom as I recall.