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Saturday, 19 January 2013

OLD SPREAD EAGLE, Chapel-walks

Synonymous with the 'Duke of Cumberland' and 'Mattie's Whim.'
"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, the 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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