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Mysteries revisited: the body on Killhope Moor


Posted on Tuesday, 26 January, 2021 | Comment icon 2 comments

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The mystery of a body found in a coffin on a moor 100 years ago continues to endure even to this day.
On Sunday 28th August 1921, a farmer - Titus Harrison - had been tending his flock on Killhope Moor, County Durham when he spotted the corner of a wooden box sticking out of the ground nearby.

Assuming it had been exposed by recent heavy rain, he took a closer look at the box and was shocked to discover that it contained human remains.

After he had informed local law enforcement, the police arrived to investigate. Upon excavating the box, they discovered that it was in fact a professionally made wooden coffin.

Inside, they found the body of a man wrapped in a grey woollen army blanket. He had sandy-colored hair, was around 5ft 10" and was dressed in old-fashioned (for the time) army attire.

The coffin itself was carefully crafted from pitch pine and was shaped like the roof of a house.
Intriguingly, a bullet was also found next to the man's shoulder.

It was thought that the high peat content in the soil had helped to keep everything well preserved.

The search for the identity of the mysterious man would continue for years.

One theory suggested that he had died during the Jacobite rebellion of 1745, while another suggested that he was Capt Richard Courteney Lovell who had died during the 1780 anti-Catholic Gordon Riots.

To this day however, no definitive answer to who he was or how he had ended up being buried in a coffin on the moor has ever been found.

Source: Alston Moor Historical Society | Comments (2)


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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Susanc241 on 26 January, 2021, 15:39
Pretty sure they could match DNA to current descendants, if only to rule out an identity. Probably reburied without tissue samples being kept, though, as was long before DNA was a possibility.
Comment icon #2 Posted by SiliRat on 19 February, 2021, 21:09
Acid in the peat bogs causes DNA to disintegrate, so none of the bodies found in them have yielded useable samples to date. That being said, most of the bodies are significantly older than this one appears to have been. It's possible that some may have still survived. Worth digging him up to try, assuming the unmarked grave he is buried in isn't too unmarked.


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