|Images copyright DC COMICS|
|1822 portrait of Scott by Raeburn|
UPDATE: Simon & Kirby's story is true (with a little artistic
licence in regard to minor details). From The MILWAUKEE
JOURNAL, Tuesday, October 18th, 1932, comes the following
account. (Thanks, Tongalad.)
Sir Walter Scott's Mother Buried
Alive Five Years Before His Birth
Old Essay Reveals She Was Rescued
From Tomb Due to Ghoulish Sexton
London England - The astonishing fact that Sir Walter Scott's
mother was declared to be dead and was actually interred five
years before Sir Walter Scott's birth is recalled in a letter to the
Daily Express, sent by George MacDonald, Birmingham.
"Her weird sepulchral experience," says MacDonald,
"is described as follows by a great essayist of many
Buried in Vault
Here is the description:
"Miss Rutherford, while lying in a trance and declared
by the physicians to be dead, was laid away in the family
tomb in the great vaults under the parish church.
"At night the ghoulish sexton stealthily entered the tomb,
opened the casket and proceeded to rob the elegant and en-
tombed lady of the jewels which were on her person according
to the then prevalent custom. Finding some of the finger rings
too tightly fixed, the unconscionable thief took his pocket
knife and slashed the flesh from the fingers.
"Came to Life"
"The sudden shock and flow of blood caused a reaction of
the vital forces, and the reanimated lady opened her eyes,
uttered an exclamation of amazement and attempted to
"The guilty and horror-stricken rascal's hair rose straight
upon his head, and with the yell of a desperate madman he
rushed forth, thus raising the alarm which brought help
and rescue to her.
"She lived many years subsequently, none the
worse for her awful adventure which occurred five
years previously to the birth of Sir Walter."
Click the link below (provided by Tongalad)
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