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Sir James Tillie mystery solved ?

Posted on Tuesday, 12 February, 2013 | Comment icon 10 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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Archaeologists believe they've found the final resting place of Sir James Tillie of Pentillie Castle.

The story of Tillie's death has long been shrouded in mystery. He built Tillie Castle in 1698 and it is said that before he died he composed instructions to his staff requesting that rather than being buried he'd be placed in a chair wearing his best clothes with his pipe in his mouth and his books all around him. While the instructions were said to have been followed nobody knew the location of his final resting place, until now.

Examinations within a mausoleum built after Sir James' death have revealed a vault beneath the floor containing a body sat on what looks like an ornate chair. "It would appear that potentially we do have real evidence that the story or the myth actually was true," said archaeologist Oliver Jessop.

"Human remains, found at a stately home in Cornwall, are thought to be those of the man who built it."

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Eldorado on 11 February, 2013, 20:36
I like his style.
Comment icon #2 Posted by PersonFromPorlock on 11 February, 2013, 20:49
Jeremy Bentham did him one better.
Comment icon #3 Posted by freetoroam on 11 February, 2013, 20:53
Good, now they have found his body in the vault, brick it up and leave him in peace.
Comment icon #4 Posted by moonshadow60 on 11 February, 2013, 22:55
Yes; he chose his resting place very well. It's where he wanted to spend eternity, so let the poor man's bones rest in peace.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Welsh Shaun on 12 February, 2013, 13:57
They cant remove him now surely
Comment icon #6 Posted by wimfloppp on 12 February, 2013, 14:32
what a story
Comment icon #7 Posted by wolfknight on 12 February, 2013, 14:38
Let him rest
Comment icon #8 Posted by Xeder on 12 February, 2013, 14:48
Well I think, that they should see what are his books about, maybe he has something we don't know now, some "secret books" or some long lost ones. Ofcourse if they are still readable. Then after reading/scanning all of them, put that back and bury him as he wanted to be buried.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Cherokee Wolf on 13 February, 2013, 0:00
That is a pretty cool story. I say let him rest, with his books.
Comment icon #10 Posted by calaf on 13 February, 2013, 0:05
From the article: "Inside it a structure with leather studs and woodwork with handles on it was found, which are thought to be either a chair or coffin." Doesn't sound very convincing to me.

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