Cremains of the Day: Awaiting the Afterlife…with Wine!

Sir James TillieFrom the Daily Mail comes today’s story of found remains. Not beneath a parking lot this time, but at Pentille Castle in Saltash, Cornwall. The remains are believed to be those of Sir James Tillie owner and builder of Pentille, who died in 1713.

He asked that on his deathbed he should not be buried, but dressed in his best clothes, bound to a stout chair and placed with his books, wine, and pipe in his favourite folly to await resurrection.

His servants are believed to have brought him wine for two years until, unable to bear their macabre orders any longer, the remains were interred and a marble statue built in his place.

You have to love a man who’s so absolutely secure in the knowledge of what is going to happen after death …