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Postcard of Old Merrilies Cottage

Old Merrilies Cottage

Postcard showing a photograph of a small building on the site of today’s Merrilies Cottage. It is titled "Old Merrilies Cottage, Gilsland. Birth place of Meg Merrilies" It is not postmarked but cards of this style generally date from the period 1903-1910, although the photo could have been taken at any time before that, as it must have been, as the present-day Merrilies Cottage was built in 1877. Perhaps the photo was taken in the knowledge of its impending demolition. Meg Merrilies was not, of course, born at Mumps Hall. (ref.)

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