Tibbie Tamson’s Grave

Little is known of the life of Selkirk’s Isabella Tamson, known as “Tibbie”.  A woman of simple mind, in 1790 she was accused of stealing a ball of yarn and summoned to trial.  The thought of being considered a criminal proved too much to bear, and Tibbie hanged herself in shame – a crime in itself at the time, which forbade her from burial in consecrated ground.  Sympathetic souls took her to a hillside outside the town and laid her to rest on a hillside where she could be persecuted no longer.  This walk is a pilgrimage of sorts to find this poor woman’s peaceful grave.

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