Cornwall's own Richard III?

Archaeologists believe they have proof that a 300 year old rumour surrounding the mysterious burial of a local landowner has turned out to be true.

Cornish legend : Full Report

by John Andrews

The story of Sir James Tillie is one of those great Cornish legends where truth is stranger than fiction. His remains have been discovered sitting up in a vault, just as he demanded in his will.

The mausoleum he built near the Tamar is being restored after three hundred years of decay.


300-year-old legend solved

Mausoleum at Pentillie Castle
Sir James Tillie's remains uncovered at Pentillie Castle Credit: ITV West Country

Archaeologists in Cornwall have found the human remains of Sir James Tillie after 300 years.

His remains were found on a chair at Pentillie Castle. It's understood he believed he would come back to life, so asked in his will that he be placed in a chair in the building rather than buried.