The death and resurrection of Margorie McCall

If you’re anything like me then there is nothing that quite tickles your fancy like a historic ‘resurrection’ story.   This one took place in Ireland in 1705 when after succumbing to a fever Margorie McCall was hastily buried to prevent the spread of whatever had sent her to her maker.

Margorie was buried with a valuable ring, which her husband had been unable to remove due to swelling on her joints which he feared would make her a target for body snatchers who could make a quick buck on the jewellery.

The evening after Margorie was buried and before the soil had even settled, the much feared grave-robbers appeared and started to dig. However they too were unable unable to pry the ring off the finger and so they decided to cut the finger off. As soon as blood was drawn, Margorie awoke from the coma that she had been in, bolted upright sat and screamed.

The fate of the grave-robbers remains unknown. One story says the men dropped dead on the spot, whilst another claims they fled and found a more moral way to make a living.

Margorie climbed out of the hole and made her way back to her home.

Her husband John, a doctor, was at home with the children when he heard a knock at the door. He told the children, “If your mother were still alive, I’d swear that was her knock.”

When he opened the door to find his wife standing there, dressed in her burial clothes, blood dripping from her finger but very much alive, he dropped dead to the floor. He was buried in the very plot Margorie had escaped from.

Margorie went on to re-marry and have several children. When she did finally die, she was returned to Shankill Cemetery in Lurgan, Ireland, where her gravestone still stands. It bears the inscription “Lived Once, Buried Twice.”

If you want to read an even more series of unlikely events then steal a glance at https://stephenliddell.co.uk/2021/02/15/the-legend-of-mary-overie/

About Stephen Liddell

I am a writer and traveller with a penchant for history and getting off the beaten track. With several books to my name including several #1 sellers. I also write environmental, travel and history articles for magazines as well as freelance work. I run my private tours company with one tour stated by the leading travel website as being with the #1 authentic London Experience. Recently I've appeared on BBC Radio and Bloomberg TV and am waiting on the filming of a ghost story on British TV. I run my own private UK tours company (Ye Olde England Tours) with small, private and totally customisable guided tours run by myself!
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