Human remains, found at a stately home in Cornwall, are thought to be those of the man who built it.
Sir James Tillie, who built Pentillie Castle in 1698, instructed his staff to place him in a chair with his pipe when he died.
The instructions were followed before he was removed, but no burial information has ever been found. Archaeologists who examined a mausoleum built in 1713, upon his death, said a body had been found in a vault.
In his will, Sir James demanded that he should not be buried, but dressed in his best clothes, bound to a stout chair and placed with his books, wine and pipe on Mount Ararat on the estate.
Archaeologist Oliver Jessop said: “It would appear that potentially we do have real evidence that the story or the myth actually was true. Read more.