In the early 1820s, a young woman from the Scottish Borders by the name of Isabella Shiel found herself widowed. She was an enterprising person, and in order to feed herself and pay the rent, she opened her cottage to passing travellers, offering food and drink and letting out one of the rooms.
The cottage, situated between Moffat and Selkirk, soon became a very popular stopping-off point, for Tibbie Shiel's hospitality and cooking were fine indeed. Her visitors were not only travellers. Many famous literary figures of the time, scholars and religious men took to gathering at the inn, taking advantage of the chance to meet in convivial surroundings and enjoy good food, fine ale and stimulating conversation. Amongst the well-known visitors to the inn were James Hogg ('the Ettrick Shepherd'), Robert Louis Stevenson and Sir Walter Scott.
Tibbie Shiel died in 1878, but the original inn, greatly extended over the years, still exists. The inn holds on to the ghost of its original landlady with a certain amount of pride, and visitors have claimed that Tibbie's presence can still be felt as she pushes through the crowd of customers on her way to warm herself at her favourite spot by the fire. Mosborough | Aldington | Barnsley | Barnsley | Bartholomews | Bickley | Bolton | Buckinghamshire | Chester | Cornwall | Derbyshire | Devon | Dumfries | Eastwood | Eckington | Ecton | Holywell | Ireland | Norfolk | North Yorkshire | Northampshire | Northumberland | Nuneaton | Oxfordshire | Oxfordshire | Pluckley | pontefract | Ringlestone | Ringlestone | Ringlestone | Ringlestone Road | Sheffield | Shipwrights | South Yorkshire | Sussex | sussex | Wilton Row |
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