Isabella (Tibbie) Shiels

1783 - 1878

Tibbie Shiels Grave, Ettrick Kirkyard
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Tibbie Shiels Grave, Ettrick Kirkyard

Inn-keeper and Borders worthy. Tibbie Shiels came to St. Mary's cottage on the southern shore of St. Mary's Loch in 1823 as a tenant of Lord Napier on his Ettrick estate. Her husband, a mole-catcher, died the following year and Tibbie developed the cottage as an inn to support herself and her family. Frequented by James Hogg, the Ettrick Shepherd (1770 - 1835), her inn became a favourite of a variety of literary figures.

She lies buried in Ettrick kirkyard.

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