1831 – 1895

For this next piece I am indebted to Joe Cowen of Fernie fame for this most fascinating story about his Great Uncle who was Master of the Braes of Derwent in County Durham. The extraordinary thing about this particular incident is that Colonel Cowen was very seriously ill at the time and was been cared for at his home at Blaydon Burn. He died just a few weeks later on the 14th April 1895 and it was from there this whole true story unravelled. This is not the first time that something has occurred before a death although it would appear more unusual than what seems to very often happen afterwards.
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