It is seen as a sign of extremely good luck to be born with a caul. That caulbearers are destined for something great and will have a life of good luck.
It is also said that  a caulbearer would never die from drowning. This belief became so powerful that cauls became highly prized by sailors and sold for substantial sums of money.  Here is an extract from David Copperfield, Charles Dickens, published London 1850.

I was born with a caul, which was advertised for sale, in the newspapers, at the low price of fifteen guineas. Whether sea-going people were short of money about that time, or were short of faith and preferred cork jackets, I don't know; all I know is, that there was but one solitary bidding, and that was from an attorney connected with the bill-broking business, who offered two pounds in cash, and the balance in sherry, but declined to be guaranteed from drowning on any higher bargain. Consequently the advertisement was withdrawn at a dead loss ... and ten years afterwards, the caul was put up in a raffle down in our part of the country, to fifty members at half-a-crown a head, the winner to spend five shillings. I was present myself, and I remember to have felt quite uncomfortable and confused, at a part of myself being disposed of in that way. The caul was won, I recollect, by an old lady with a hand-basket.... It is a fact which will be long remembered as remarkable down there, that she was never drowned, but died triumphantly in bed, at ninety-two.

Another belief is that a caulbearer would be able to foretell the future and have dreams that would come to pass. So caulbearer's are psychic.


Famous Caulbearers

Napolean Bonaparte
Lord Byron
Christina. Queen Regnant of Sweden
George Formy Jr
Sigmund Freud
Alexander the Great
Kahlil Gibran

Fictional Famous Caulbearers

David Copperfield
Shakespeare's Hamlet
Danny in Stephen King's "The Shining."


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