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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Sir James Tillie's Remains Found in a Vault

Unknown-6Sir James Tillie left instructions that his body should be placed in an open windowed room in the mausoleum on the highest point of his land.  He wanted to be placed there upright in his favorite chair with food, drink, and a crate of books by his side.  He expected that he would be resurrected.

Family legends indicate that his servants faithfully obeyed the orders for two years, but they buried him when his rotting body became intolerable.  There were no records about where he was buried, but he was believed to be buried in one of the local churchyards. 

Archaeologists recently found human remains in a previously unknown vaulted chamber directly below the spot where Tillie sat for years. Since there really isn't any doubt about who the remains belong to, there are no plans to exhume the body or do any further DNA tests. 

See Maev Kennedy, Missing Cornish Lord Found in His Own Grave, The Guardian, Feb. 12, 2013. 

Special thanks to David S. Luber (Attorney at law, Florida Probate Attorney Wills and Estates Law Firm) for bringing this to my attention.


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