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Saturday, 19 January 2013

MATTIE'S WHIM, Chapel-walks

Synonymous with the "DUKE OF CUMBERLAND"
and possibly an inn known as "THE OLD SPREAD EAGLE"
- not to be confused with the "Spread Eagle Hotel" close by in Lune Street.
"The Old Spread Eagle situated near the site
of St. George's Church in Chapel-walks, was
later known as the "Duke of Cumberland"
(the anti-Catholic victor of the 1745 uprising.

When old Mattie Whiteside was the hostess of this inn, 
being strongly of Catholic sympathies, she caused the name
of "The Duke" to be painted out.

When customers asked the reason, her husband
said, "It was Mattie's Whim."

So, until the licence was transferred, it was known as
"Mattie's Whim."

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