Sir James Tillie mystery solved ?
By T.K. Randall
February 12, 2013 · 10 comments
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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. Sir James Tillie, who built Pentillie Castle in 1698, instructed his staff to place him in a chair with his pipe when he died.
Source: BBC News
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